Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Helvola'
- Position: full sun
- Depth of water: 15-30cm (6-12in)
- Rate of growth: average
- Ultimate spread: 40cm (16in)
- Height above surface: 0-10cm (0-4in)
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Small, slightly fragrant, star-shaped, pale yellow flowers up to 7cm (3in) across from June to September. This award-winning pygmy water lily will happily grow in as little as 15cm (6in) of water and are perfect candidates for a small pond or tub in a sheltered sunny site. The shade cast by the foliage also helps check the spread of algae.
- Garden care: Plant firmly in a hessian-lined aquatic planting basket filled with aquatic compost. Apply a 2.5cm (1in) top-dressing of pea shingle or gravel to prevent the top layer of the planting medium from clouding the water. The crown of the plant should protrude slightly above the surface of the planting basket.
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