Nymphaea 'Darwin'

Water lily

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Plant type


Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by Paul Debois, copyright GAP Photos (69580)

Plant details

Also known as 'Hollandia', this water lily has striking double pink blooms which are almost peony-like in appearance. The inner petals are a delicate light pink, turning darker as the flower develops, whilst the outer petals are white with a pinkish hue. The flowers are supported on large, dark green flat leaves that can spread up to two metres across, so this plant is really only suitable for larger ponds and water features. The flowers are also popular as cut flowers due to their rich honeyed scent.

Family: Nymphaeaceae

Genus: Nymphaea

Cultivar: Darwin

Plant type: Aquatic

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 180cm

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