Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for July 22nd - Aug 15th, 2005
This is Nymphaea 'Meteor', or 'Meteor' hardy water-lily.
Nymphaea 'Meteor' prefers full sun to partial shade, and can begin flowering in mid-June
and continue to September. To stretch the blooming period, do not subject the plant to
intense direct sun. Because red hardy water-lilies have such dark petals they have a
tendency to absorb too much sun, causing the petals to overheat and disintegrate.
Nymphaea 'Meteor' is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-10
and, can be viewed in the U.S. National Arboretum Aquatic Garden.