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Giant water lily
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Update time: 2017-01-11
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Victoria waterlilies are an extraordinary genus of waterlilies native to South America, famous for the huge size of their pads (up to 6 feet in diameter) and the upturned rims on the pads. Victorias are night blooming waterlilies, with large, beautiful blossoms. Usually the flowers bloom white the first night, and pink or red the second night. The third night the bloom is darker and beginning to fade. A larger plant can have pretty much continuous bloom in hot weather. The fragrance is delightful and powerful, reminiscent of pineapple. The genus consists of two species, V. amazonica and V. cruziana, and hybrids between the two species. Victoria amazonica has larger pads, warmer water requirements, and lower rims than V. cruziana. Hybrids between the two, the most famous being the Longwood hybrid, tend to combine the best features of both species.

 

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