We are currently planning to put the first plants in stock at the beginning of February when the weather begins to warm. However, this depends on government guidance about non-essential mail-order businesses, and also on the couriers and postal services. We will keep you updated.


Nymphaea tetragona - Pygmy Waterlily, Chinese Waterlily

Regular price £24.95

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  • Approximate leaf spread: 45cm (18 inches)
  • Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 10 - 30cm (4 - 12 inches)
  • Flowering time: June to September
  • Supplied in the 9cm pot we grow them in - for best resuts we recommend potting on using a 1 litre pot

This is a waterlily species which originates from still waters in northern Europe through to Asia and America. It is by far the smallest white waterlily, and therefore ideally suited to the smaller pond or tub garden. It produces many small, simple, elegant, pure white flowers over an exceptionally long bloom period. The leaves are mid green, often with burgundy overtones, and have a softer, more delicate look than the leaves of the typical garden waterlilies. Together with the smaller, simple flowers, they give the plant a real 'wildflower' feel. This species deserves to be more widely known but is very rarely available, as it can only be grown from seed. Plants offered for sale under this name are rarely or never N. tetragona, but are garden waterlily varieties instead, which look quite different. 

Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.

A note on taxonomy: some botanists consider this plant's true name to be Nymphaea pygmaea. The RHS considers Nymphaea pygmaea and Nymphaea tetragona to be synonyms, with Nymphaea tetragona being the correct name, so we have followed their rule here.