Medium sized and one of the deepest-red water lilies, petals a very intense, dramatic shade of crimson. Rare. Sold bare-rooted.

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Description : Nymphaea Atropurpurea is one of the darkest of the red hardy water lilies.

Top tip: This slow growing, medium water lily only needs dividing every 5/6 years.

Mature spread:  Medium water lily covers an area in leaf up to 1.5m in diameter in Summer.

Flowers: June/September Flowering is successional with each flower opening from a tight bud to full flower over a period of 7-10 days.  Each flower is at its best for three days, then gradually fades and drops under the water. Once the plant has fully matured, flowers at different stages of growth will be present  all through the flowering season.

Planting depth: In the first season start with 20-30cm depth of water from soil surface to water surface and then once leaves and flowers die back in the Autumn, drop the depth to 30-40cm from soil surface to water surface.

Propagation: Division of plants in March/April

How to plant:  Plant into a 10lt planting basket using heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and immediately immerse fully in water to the suggested depth. For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.

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