Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Rubra'

1 litre aquatic pot £29.99
available to order from late summer
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Rubra' water lily: Dwarf variety with warm red flowers. Ideal for a small pond

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

  • Position: full sun
  • Depth of water: 10-30cm (4-12in)
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Ultimate spread: 30cm (12in)
  • Height above surface: 0-10cm (0-4in)
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Small, star-shaped flowers that open pink and age to warm red appear from June to September. This lovely pygmy water lily will happily grow in a shallow pond or half barrel as it only spreads to about 30cm wide. This award-winning pygmy water lily will happily grow in as little as 15cm (6in) or water and is a perfect candidate for a small pond or tub in a sheltered sunny site. The shade cast by the foliage also helps to check the spread of algae.

  • Garden care: Water lilies flourish in still water, so do not plant them near a pond pump or fountain, particularly where the water can splash onto their leaves. These waterlilies are potted up (using a suitable aquatic compost) into 1-litre aquatic pots. These pots are made of a fine mesh, which allows water to circulate through the compost, providing the plants with both oxygen and nutrients. As they are already potted, all you need to do is to place the pot into the pond, but this young plant will need potting up into a larger aquatic pot within a few months. Initially the pot should be placed on a stack of bricks so the leaves float on the surface of the water. As the plant matures, remove one layer of bricks at a time, gradually lowering the plant deeper into the pond until the desired depth has been reached. If you are placing this water lily in the autumn or winter when it has died back, place it at a depth of 50-60cm. Then in the spring repot it into a larger pot and lower as the plant grows.

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Had my doubts when I first got it, but the following year it came up trumps, so much so that I am getting another one. It it in a patio tub in full sunshine, a tub daily used by the local rooms as a washing stand, so not the most ideal of conditions, yet on it flowers.




Good water lily for a small pond


I bought this water lily to replace one from another supplier that had failed. It flowered almost constantly from August through to November. It is dormant at the moment with no flowers or leaf cover on the pond. I'm sure that as soon as the weather warms up the water lily will start to put on growth again.



Nymphaea Pygmaea Rubra

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I would like to ask which Nymphae you would recommend for our pond: it is 40cm deep, stone and concrete formation, 170cm x 70,in full sun. I really like the Nymphae 'Pygmaea Rubra' and would like to know if you thinkit would be the right choice for this pond.


Yes, this one is ideal for smaller ponds.


Water Lily care Hi, I bought a miniature Water Lily for my husband for Christmas which I have received and am very happy with it. I would just like to ask, how do I look after it until Christmas day? Thank you Tricia

Tricia Black

Hello Tricia, You should remove all the packaging and leave it in a large tub or bucket of water in a sheltered spot in the garden until the big day. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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