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Buy Nuphar lutea brandy bottle: Vigorous lily with yellow flowers. For a large pond

This pond plant dies right back in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Depth of water: 60-200cm (2-6ft)
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    From June to August, bright yellow, buttercup-like flowers on stiff stems above leathery, deep green, floating or submerged leaves similar to those of a water lily. The flowers of this vigorous, deep water aquatic plant smell strongly of alcohol - hence its intriguing common name. It copes well in sun or partial shade, but needs space to spread out, making it ideal for a large pond or lake.

  • Garden care: Divide large clumps in late spring or summer using aquatic baskets and aquatic compost.

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A couple of questions about Nuphar lutea ('brandy bottle') I`m interested in putting a Nuphar lutea ('brandy bottle') in my pond. Can you please tell me how long it takes to reach the surface and start spreading. Also does it die off each year or does it retain the leaves in winter.


Nuphar are deciduous aquatic plants, so will lose their leaves and die back over winter. They are also vigorous plants, so will reach the surface in the first year and probably flower too. If given the right conditions, they will only take a few years to grow to their eventual spread of 2m (6ft).


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