Santa Cruz giant water lily (Victoria cruziana)

Santa Cruz giant water lily (Victoria cruziana)

Description: It is a very interesting aquatic plant from the family of water lily plants (Nympheaceae) belong. The Santa Cruz-Riesenseerose comes from South America (Argentina, Paraguay). In our country, it can only be cultivated in greenhouses, palm houses or winter gardens. The leaves of the young plants are arrow-shaped, while those of older plants are round and very impressive. They swim on the water surface. The underside of the leaves are covered with small spines, the top is smooth.
The edge of the leaf is curved. The stems are short rhizomes that attach the Santa Cruz giant water lily to the ground. The flowers reach up to 40 cm in height and protrude above the water surface. The petals are red, light pink or white.

Care: The Santa Cruz Riesled Water Lily must be placed in a lightly shaded pond. It grows very well in moist greenhouses. It needs a lot of space in the pond due to the impressive round leaves. We should note that the water in the pond should be soft.

Propagation: By division of the rhizomes, but in amateur conditions it is difficult.

Diseases and pests: Resistant to diseases and pests.