Water Lilies

Water Lilies

Mysterious. Water-defying. Fanciful. A place meant for fairy princesses and warring kingdoms. Nothing evokes the imagination quite like the water lily. The flowers look like exquisite floating fortresses with strong petals curved toward the sun. Claude Monet, the famous Impressionist painter, was so fascinated with them that they appear in over 250 of his paintings.

Here’s a super, 1-minute video on creating your own water lily bowl. This 5-minute excerpt on giant Amazon water lilies, using time-elapse photography, is amazing. Here’s an extraordinary 5-minute video featuring dozens of varieties of water lilies from the Sonoran Water Gardens.

FunFacts about Water Lilies: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Nymphaeaceae is a family of flowering plants, commonly called water lilies. They live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs in temperate and tropical climates around the world. The family contains five genera with about 70 known species. Water lilies are rooted in soil in bodies of water, with leaves and flowers floating on or emergent from the surface. (Source)
  • Interesting fact about water lilies in the winter and ‘bubbling’, quote: Water lilies do not have surface leaves during winter, and therefore the gases in the rhizome lacunae access equilibrium with the gases of the sediment water. The leftover of internal pressure is embodied by the constant streams of bubbles that outbreak when rising leaves are ruptured in the spring. (Source)
  • Some water lily species, having escaped into the wild, have become invasive. They settle in slow-moving bodies of water and are difficult to eradicate.
  • The white water lily is the national flower of Bangladesh.
  • Water lilies are found in a wide range of growing zones and can be cold-hardy or suited for the tropics.
  • Water lilies root themselves in the soil beneath the water. The lily ‘pad’ is the leaf of the plant.
  • Water lilies provide shelter for fish and shade to keep the water cool.
  • Water lilies help oxygenate the water which is also beneficial for fish.
  • The giant Amazon lily pads can grow to 6 feet across while the flowers can be a foot wide.

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45 thoughts on “Water Lilies

  1. I’ve seen some ponds with water lilies but the video made me want to see the giant Amazon water lilies! The white flowers are especially beautiful!

  2. Beautiful. I remember all the water lilies in my grandparents pond when I was a lot younger. Love the photos

  3. I once saw these giant lily pads in Florida. They were huge! My imagination went wild with these ginormous lily pads haha.

    • Debra,
      I thought this looked really doable as well. Good luck! I may have to try it, too!

      Caris
      Buckeye Arizona USA

  4. Enjoyed all the pictures and I like the pink ones the best. Will go back & watch the videos, interesting that you can do you own. Nature is really amazing!! AZ

  5. Aren’t they lovely? I think the pink ones are more striking than the white ones. But all of them are so delicate looking.

  6. Some waterlillies increase their odds of pollinating by closing the petals at dusk, trapping whatever insect is visiting them. The insect spends the night, and when the petals open in the daylight, they release the now pollen-covered insects. There are tropical waterlillies and hardy ones. The native hardy ones can overwinter in my water garden, the tropical ones have to be tsken out and protected inside over the winter. (I live in Maryland)

  7. I have always loved water lillies. We had a water fall ,/pond in our side hard that had water lollies in it. The photos are all pretty but I like the yellow on in the last video. The Amazon giant lillies are just amazing

  8. The waterlilies look almost artificial floating on the water. The have such bright colors. I can see why the fish like to swim under them. I would like to see the giant amazon lily pad.

  9. Yes, we’ve had water lilies. They are beautiful but can take over a pond so they have to be thinned now and then.
    NE Ohio

  10. Water lilies are so graceful like irises, which I consider one of the most graceful flowers out there in flower land.

    Once in a while I will see a swamp on the side of a road that has lilies. I can’t get close enough to really see them well.

    But, at Sarah Duke Garden located at Duke University, they have a small lily pond which also contains a few koi.

    They plant a few different lily varieties and it’s a real treat to see them closeup.

  11. A very cool looking flower. I don’t really like flowers but those on water are far more interesting than most.

  12. I love the mystical quality of a pond with water lilies in bloom. It just looks magical!

    Drea – South-central Arizona

  13. I have four different colour water lilies in my garden and they are do delicate floating in their specially made pool. these pictures are so gorgeous I just want more of them and I have the red,yellow,pink and white but my winter weather will not support the purple one and I have nowhere to overwinter it. I went to a botanical garden and was lucky enough to see the giant lily pads it was magical to see them.

  14. Gorgeous, We have a creek/small lake close to where I work that is full of the famous Lilly for Alabama…so beautiful!!

  15. When I was a child, I used to go to Kensington Gardens, London, to play in the park all the time. At that time, we were also allowed to go into parts of Kensington Palace and also walk in the gardens. They had a beautiful Lily pond there full of white Lilies. I loved the last but one pic of yours, as it reminded me of the pond at the Palace. I now live in south Florida.

  16. I was blessed to visit Monet’s home and see his “Japanese” gardens where he painted so many of the water lily paintings. They were so beautiful and timeless. Being there seeing them and then seeing his paintings, it was as if time had stopped!

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