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Nymphaea caerulea (Sacred Blue Waterlily)

30 (50)cm, Sacred Blue Water Lily (syn. Nymphaea nouchalii var. caerulea), also erroneously called "Blue Lotus of the Nile", is a medium sized species with floating glossy leaves with entire margins and typical small brownish dots and streaks on the lower side, and showy pale blue, slightly fragrant flowers. Nymphaea caerulea is native of swampy and freshwater areas in Eastern Africa. The true and unhybridized species is rather rare in cultivation, and at the same time much asked for. What you will mostly be offered under this name is in reality Nymphaea capensis, Nymphaea colorata or some hybrid. You will find thousands of these misidentified pseudo caerulea being offered on the web, be it as dried flowers and petals, plants or seeds. A basic Google image search will return more than 90% misidentifed plants. True Nymphaea caerulea always has pure yellow stamens, with only the tip being very light blue, petals are always light blue fading to pure white at the base, and not bluish violet degrading to yellow as they do in Nymphaea colorata. Sepals and partly the lower petals have distinct greenish strikes towards the base. There is an excellent video on YouTube how to easily distinguish a true Nymphaea caerulea from fake ones. Just search for "Blue Water Lily Identification | Nymphaea caerulea". Our seeds are from the real species, see photo from one of our mother plants. Easily grown in large pots or small containers filled with 1/2 soil and 1/2 water at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year and full sun. Nymphaea caerulea seedlings are very fast growing and under optimal conditions it will take only 3 to 4 months for the first flowers to appear. Thus you can also grow this plant as an annual, if you are living in a colder area and cannot keep plants during winter. VI-XI.
20 seeds per package.

Note: this species cannot be shipped to Latvia and Poland, where it is prohibited by local laws.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package (100 seeds)0668 € 14,90
seed package (20 seeds)0653 € 7,99

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