Alba Water lily
Alba Water lily (Nymphaea Alba)
Crisp white fragrant semi-double flowers, with yellow stamens sit above dark green foliage, this is Britain's only native water lily, commonly found in lakes and very slow moving water. The Alba lily is best grown at depths of 1 metre. This common white water lily has a large spread so is best suited to larger ponds and lakes, if space permits Alba can spread up to 3m. Its broad rounded leaves form a great shady habitat for wildlife below the surface.
- Plant Type - Water Lily
- Normally Available from - Mid March *
- Size - Large
- Water Depth - 80cm to 150cm
- Spread - 80cm to 150cm
- Position - Full Sun
- Planting Season - Late Spring to Summer
- Flowers - Jun to Sep
- Flower Colour - White
- Foliage - Deciduous
- Hardiness - Hardy
- UK Native
Initially you may want to place the lily on bricks, then gradually lower as the plant stretches towards the surface.
Lilies like still water, they also like to keep their leaves dry, do not place them too close to fountains or other splashing water.
Pruning - Deadhead, removing yellow and brown leaves regularly throughout the growing season.
Koi carp and ducks find them very tasty too!