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Avalanche Tropical Water Lily

Nymphaea 'Avalanche'

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Avalanche Tropical Water Lily (Nymphaea 'Avalanche') at Spruce It Up Garden Centre

Avalanche Tropical Water Lily in bloom

Avalanche Tropical Water Lily in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 inches

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Waterlily

Description:

Tropical water lily with powder blue and white star-shaped flowers with yellow centers; blooms from summer to winter; large oval green folage mottled with burgundy; easy to care for; water lilies dislike moving water; annual in colder climates

Ornamental Features

Avalanche Tropical Water Lily features showy fragrant powder blue cup-shaped flowers with white overtones and yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from early summer to late fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive large glossy oval leaves emerge burgundy in spring, turning dark green in colour with distinctive burgundy spots the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Avalanche Tropical Water Lily is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a low habit of growth, spreading atop the surface of the water. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Avalanche Tropical Water Lily is ideally suited for growing in a pond, water garden or patio water container, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Water Gardens
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Avalanche Tropical Water Lily will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the water. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. As an aquatic plant, it requires a suitable water garden environment and will benefit from special planting and ongoing care practices; consult one of our in-store experts for further details and instructions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Avalanche Tropical Water Lily is a fine choice for the water garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in outdoor pots and containers, aquatic plants like this one will require a special growing environment that meets their requirement for consistent moisture. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Naturalizing  Container  Bog  Water 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

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