Water lily Nymphaea 'Laydekeri Fulgens' (H)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
waterlily 'Laydekeri Fulgens'


The Nymphaea 'Laydekeri Fulgens' is commonly known as the water lily. This plant is an aquatic variety celebrated for its decorative flowers and lily pads. The blooms of the water lily are its most striking feature, often vibrant with rich, deep pink petals that may have lighter shades toward the base, creating a gradient of color that can be quite stunning. These flowers float gracefully on the water's surface, and when fully open, they present a star-like form. At the center, the blooms display a cluster of golden-yellow stamens which contrast sharply with the pink petals, drawing attention to the flower's heart. The water lily's leaves, commonly referred to as lily pads, are nearly as recognizable as its flowers. They float on the water's surface, providing shade and shelter for aquatic creatures. The pads are typically green, sometimes with hints of purple or brown, and their round to slightly oval shape is easy to identify. The upper surface of the lily pads is usually waxy and repels water, while the underside may have a reddish hue. These leaves are attached to long, flexible stems that connect to the plant's root system below the water. The peaceful and serene appearance of the water lily, with its combination of striking blooms and floating pads, make it a favorite for water gardens and natural ponds.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Laydeker's Water-Lily, Laydekeri Fulgens Water Lily, Laydekeri Fulgens Hardy Water-Lily

    • Common names

      Nymphaea 'Laydekeri Fulgens' (H).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant in question is the Water Lily, specifically the variety Nymphaea 'Laydekeri Fulgens'. Water Lilies are not generally considered toxic to humans. They do not contain substances that are known to be poisonous upon ingestion. However, it is always advisable to exercise caution and avoid ingesting any plant material unless it is known to be safe and intended for human consumption. Accidental ingestion of plant parts or water in which they have grown, if contaminated, could potentially lead to gastrointestinal discomfort or other non-toxic-related symptoms due to bacteria or parasites present in the water.

    • To pets

      The Water Lily, specifically the variety Nymphaea 'Laydekeri Fulgens', is also not generally known to be toxic to pets. They are not included on the list of poisonous plants for pets such as dogs and cats. Thus, ingestion of Water Lily parts is unlikely to cause toxic reactions in pets. Nevertheless, as with humans, it is always prudent to prevent pets from consuming plants or drinking water from ponds with lilies to avoid any possible gastrointestinal upset or complications associated with bacteria or parasites that may be present in the water environment where the plant is growing.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      3 feet (91 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances Pond Aesthetics: Introduces vibrant colors and unique textures to water gardens, creating visual interest and natural beauty.
    • Supports Aquatic Ecosystems: Offers shelter and breeding grounds for fish and other aquatic organisms, contributing to a balanced pond ecosystem.
    • Reduces Algae Growth: By shading the water, it minimizes sunlight penetration, which can help in controlling algae blooms.
    • Improves Water Quality: Roots assist in absorbing excess nutrients from the water, which might otherwise lead to poor water conditions.
    • Provides Oxygenation: Through photosynthesis, it releases oxygen into the water, benefiting aquatic life.
    • Attracts Wildlife: Flowers are a source of nourishment for pollinators like bees and may attract other wildlife such as birds to the garden area.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Nymphaea 'Laydekeri Fulgens', commonly known as Water Lily, can be used as a natural water filtration system in ponds to help reduce algae growth by limiting sunlight penetration and competing for nutrients.
    • Water Lilies can serve as a food source for fish and other aquatic animals, providing both nourishment and a habitat for laying eggs or hiding from predators.
    • They provide aesthetic value to water gardens and home ponds, playing a crucial role in landscaping design and increasing property value.
    • Their large leaves can be used as a temporary natural canvas for art projects, where leaves are painted or etched upon for decorative purposes.
    • Water Lily petals can be utilized in crafting, for instance, in making organic confetti for eco-friendly events or pressed flower art.
    • The plant's strong root systems are useful in erosion control, anchoring the soil in place and maintaining bank stability along the edges of ponds or streams.
    • They can act as an indicator species for water quality, as Water Lilies thrive in certain pH levels and can signal an imbalance in the aquatic ecosystem.
    • In photography and film, Water Lilies are often used to create a serene or romantic setting, symbolizing peace, tranquility, and beauty.
    • The floating leaves provide shade and a cooler microhabitat for various pond dwellers during hot weather, creating a conducive environment for different species.
    • Used in educational settings, such as schools or botanical gardens, Water Lilies can help teach students about aquatic plant life cycles, pollination, and the importance of wetland ecosystems.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Water Lily is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Water Lily is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Serenity: The Nymphaea, commonly known as water lily, often symbolizes tranquility and peace due to its calming presence on the surface of ponds and still waters.
    • Purity: Water lilies are frequently associated with purity because of their ability to bloom so elegantly above murky waters, seemingly untouched by the mud below.
    • Enlightenment: In various cultures, particularly in Eastern traditions, the water lily signifies enlightenment as it rises from the dark waters to bloom towards the light.
    • Rebirth and Resilience: Since many water lilies close at night and reopen with the morning sun, they are often seen as a symbol of rebirth and the ability to overcome hardships, reflecting resilience.

Constantly submerged
500 - 2500 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Hardy Water Lily requires watering by ensuring the aquatic plant’s rhizomes are fully submerged in water at all times. It is best to establish the plant in a pond or a water garden where it can float on the surface, with ideally 12 to 18 inches of water above the soil line. Since they live in water, there is no need to water them in the traditional sense. However, it's crucial to maintain the water level and quality in the pond or water feature. Check the water level weekly, and add more to compensate for evaporation, aiming to replenish every 7 to 10 days, or as necessary to maintain the required depth.

  • sunLight

    Hardy Water Lilies thrive in full sunlight and should be placed in a spot where they can receive at least six hours of direct light each day. They perform best when there is ample light as it promotes healthy growth and bloom production. However, they can tolerate partial shade, but flowering may be reduced.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Hardy Water Lilies prefer a temperature range between 65°F to 75°F for optimal growth, but can survive in temperatures as low as 32°F and as high as 86°F. They grow best in warmer water during the summer months, and they become dormant in winter when the water temperature drops below 70°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Hardy Water Lilies is necessary to remove yellow or decaying leaves and spent flowers, which encourages new growth and keeps the plant looking tidy. Prune as needed throughout the growing season. For best results, prune during the warmer months when the water lily is actively growing.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Water Lilies, including 'Laydekeri Fulgens,' grow best in heavy clay soil or loamy aquatic soil mix designed specifically for pond plants. A soil pH of 6 to 7.5 is suitable for healthy growth. While commercial aquatic plant soil mixes are available, a homemade mix can consist of clay soil with some well-rotted compost. Do not use potting mix or soil with added fertilizers as it can promote algae growth in the water.

  • plantRepotting

    Water Lilies like 'Laydekeri Fulgens' typically need repotting every 1 to 2 years. They should be repotted if you notice a decrease in flowering or the pot is crowded with roots. For optimal growth and flowering, early spring, before the growing season starts, is the best time to repot Water Lilies.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Water Lilies, such as 'Laydekeri Fulgens,' are aquatic plants and therefore require a high humidity environment, which is naturally provided by their pond or water garden habitat. Humidity is not a concern as long as the plant's roots and rhizomes are submerged in water.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place 'Laydekeri Fulgens' in a shallow indoor pond under bright light.

    • Outdoor

      Plant 'Laydekeri Fulgens' in warm ponds with at least 6 hours of sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Nymphaea 'Laydekeri Fulgens' (H), commonly known as water lily, begins its life cycle when seeds germinate in warm, still freshwater environments. The seedlings quickly develop into young plants with submerged root systems anchored in the muddy substrate and floating leaves that reach the water's surface. As the plant matures, its distinctive lily pads expand to collect sunlight, which drives photosynthesis, and the water lily enters its vegetative growth stage. The plant eventually produces eye-catching flowers that float on the water's surface, typically from late spring to early fall, attracting pollinators such as insects or small animals. Once pollinated, the flowers develop into seed pods that sink to the bottom of the water body, releasing seeds that set the stage for the next generation. During winter or unfavorable conditions, the water lily enters a dormant phase, where growth ceases and the plant conserves energy until favorable conditions return.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Nymphaea 'Laydekeri Fulgens', commonly known as Water Lily, is best propagated during the spring or early summer when the plant begins to grow actively. The most popular method of propagation is by division, which involves carefully separating the rhizomes. To propagate by division, gardeners should remove the Water Lily from the pond and rinse the soil from its roots. They'll then gently divide the rhizome into sections, making sure each section has at least one growing point or eye. Cuttings can be made with a sharp, clean knife to minimize damage to the plant. Once divided, the sections can be planted in containers filled with heavy loam and submerged back into the water at a depth of 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 centimeters) to encourage new growth. It's important not to submerge the crown of the plant, as this can cause rot.