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Lindsay Woods Tropical Water Lily

Nymphaea 'Lindsay Woods'

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Lindsay Woods Tropical Water Lily (Nymphaea 'Lindsay Woods') at Moana Nursery

Lindsay Woods Tropical Water Lily flowers

Lindsay Woods Tropical Water Lily flowers

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Height:  14 inches

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Waterlily


A day blooming, tropical water lily with lavender-purple star-shaped flowers with golden centers; blooms from summer to winter; rounded green folage mottled with plum purple; easy to care for; water lilies dislike moving water

Ornamental Features

Lindsay Woods Tropical Water Lily features showy fragrant purple cup-shaped flowers with lavender overtones and gold eyes at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive black flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive large glossy round leaves emerge deep purple in spring, turning olive green in color with distinctive plum purple spots the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Lindsay Woods 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.

Lindsay Woods 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

Lindsay Woods Tropical Water Lily will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the water, not requiring facer plants in front. 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.

Lindsay Woods 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.

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

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.