Nymphaea alba, an ideal water lily for your pond

Nymphaea alba

La Nymphaea alba It is a beautiful aquatic plant that produces flowers of a white color that attracts a lot of attention. It does not need much care to be perfect, since in fact it will only be necessary to find a good place in the pond where it can be contemplated in all its splendor.

So if you want to have a copy, do not hesitate to continue reading to know everything about her.

Origin and characteristics

Our protagonist is a plant whose scientific name is Nymphaea alba and which is popularly known as white water lily, water lily, European escutcheon, white golfán, white aguape or Venus rose. It is native to Europe, found in all countries, and also in the north of Africa.

Its leaves are floating, round in shape, and leathery in texture. The flowers are solitary, hermaphroditic, and are white to pinkish.. The fruit is an achene, which is a dry fruit whose seed is not attached to the pericarp (the part that covers it).

How do you take care of yourself?

If you are determined to get a copy, we recommend you follow our advice:

  • Location: in full sun, in a pond whose depth is between 40 to 100cm. It can also be planted in a flexible rubber bucket (like this).
  • Multiplication:
    • Seeds: direct sowing in a glass with water during spring-summer with universal growing substrate.
    • Division: in spring. The plant is extracted and the rhizome is cleaned. Then, you just have to cut it into pieces with roots and plant them in a pot or in other areas of the pond.
  • Subscriber: during the warm months of the year it is highly advisable to add a handful of bone meal (you can get it here!) once a month.
  • Rusticity: withstands cold and frosts down to -10ºC.

White water lily flower

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  1.   Elisabet said


    Thanks for the information, I really liked the publication about Nymphaea alba, could you recommend me where to get specimens of this water lily please and know if they are compatible in a pond with fish?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Elisabet.
      You can get it in online stores, and maybe also in nurseries.
      Regarding your second question, yes, they are compatible.
      A greeting.

  2.   Juan Carlos Yoni Paradiso said

    Thanks for the careful information. I still have doubts, such as:
    1. Aquatic plants and fish are incompatible with chlorine and substances in a swimming pool? (algaecides, flocculator)
    2. Which are the plants that do not have invasive roots and can be planted near dividing walls and drains. I live in Pueblo Esther, near Rosario, Argentina.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Juan Carlos.

      I answer your questions:

      1.- I can't tell you about fish, but chlorine damages the leaves of plants.
      2.- Plants that do not harm and that may be near drains are, for example, the Cane from the Indies, Euryops, Strelitzia.