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Steven Strawn Hardy Water Lily

Nymphaea 'Steven Strawn'

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Steven Strawn Hardy Water Lily (Nymphaea 'Steven Strawn') at Moana Nursery

Steven Strawn Hardy Water Lily flowers

Steven Strawn Hardy Water Lily flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  15 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Waterlily

Description:

Brilliant, crimson, cup-shaped blooms; easy to care for; water lilies dislike moving water

Ornamental Features

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

Landscape Attributes

Steven Strawn Hardy 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.

Steven Strawn Hardy 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

Steven Strawn Hardy Water Lily will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 5 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.

Steven Strawn Hardy 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
Characteristics
Naturalizing  Container  Bog  Water 
Applications
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.