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Star Of Zanzibar Tropical Water Lily*

Nymphaea 'Star Of Zanzibar'

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Star Of Zanzibar Tropical Water Lily (Nymphaea 'Star Of Zanzibar') at Glasshouse Nursery

Star Of Zanzibar Tropical Water Lily flowers

Star Of Zanzibar Tropical Water Lily flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  14 inches

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Waterlily


Tropical water lily with lavender-blue star-shaped flowers with gold centers; blooms from summer to winter; round green folage mottled with purple; easy to care for; water lilies dislike moving water; annual in colder climates

Ornamental Features

Star Of Zanzibar Tropical Water Lily features showy fragrant lavender cup-shaped flowers with blue overtones and gold eyes at the ends of the stems from early summer to late fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive glossy round leaves remain green in colour with distinctive purple spots throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Star Of Zanzibar Tropical Water Lily is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Star Of Zanzibar Tropical Water Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Water Gardens
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Star Of Zanzibar Tropical Water Lily will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is an excellent choice for very wet locations or locations with some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Star Of Zanzibar Tropical Water Lily is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Naturalizing  Container  Bog  Water 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features