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Nymphaea 'Wood's Blue Goddess'


Nymphaea 'Wood's Blue Goddess'

Family Name: Nymphaeaceae
Common Name: Water Lily, 睡莲

Nymphaea 'Wood's Blue Goddess' is a day-blooming tropical water lily cultivar with light blue flowers. John Wood created this hybrid in 1996 by crossing Nymphaea ampla with Nymphaea nouchali var. zanzibariensis (synonym: Nymphaea colorata).


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Aquatic & Hydrophyte (Floating Aquatic)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Open
Maximum Height 0.15 m to 0.3 m
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 1.8 m to 2.4 m

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Floating aquatic plant up to 0.3 m tall.
Foliage Light green, round leaves (15-20 cm wide) float on the water surface. The leaf blade has a single deep notch extending to the centre where it is attached to the leaf stalk. Leaf margin is lined with sharply pointed teeth.
Flowers Sky blue, bowl-shaped flowers have a bright yellow centre with dark purple stamens (15 cm wide). They are held well above the water surface.
Cultivation The rootball should be submerged 20 to 75 cm below the water surface. For more flowers, fertilse every 2 to 4 weeks by inserting tablets in the soil near the rootball.
Etymology The genus 'Nymphaea' comes from the Greek word for water nymph ('nymphaia').

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Pond / Lake / River
Thematic Landscaping Water Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bee-Attracting
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Bee))

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green - Light Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Leathery
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green - Light Green
Young Flush Texture(s) Leathery
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Orbicular / Round)
Foliar Venation Recticulate
Foliar Margin Serrate / Toothed
Foliar Apex - Tip Rounded
Foliar Base Rounded / Obtuse
Typical Foliar Area Mesophyll ( 45cm2 - 182.25 cm2 )
Typical Foliar Size 15 cm to 33 cm

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Blue
Flower Texture(s) Smooth
Flower Grouping Solitary
Flower Symmetry Radial
Individual Flower Shape Bowl-shaped
Flower Size 15 cm

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Master ID 34343
Species ID 8756
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Species record last updated on: 19 September 2023.