Cypella aquatilis - Water Orchid, Water Tulip EXCLUSIVE

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  • Approximate height: 30cm (12 inches) 
  • Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 5cm (2 inches)
  • Flowering time: June/July to August
  • Flower colour: Yellow
  • Supplied in the solid 9cm pot we grow them in - for best results we recommend potting on using a 1 litre pot

This very rare plant from South America  - we are the only people in the UK to supply it - has thin strap-like leaves, similar to those of a young palm, with beautiful yellow tulip-like flowers in high summer. The leaves are a light to mid-green, with brown tips. It is a petite little plant, growing from a small bulb, and is a relative of the irises. It is often said to be tender but in fact we have grown this plant here in the ponds in East Anglia for well over a decade and it survives the winter with no problems at all, provided that the crown of the plant is below the water line in winter and thus does not freeze (hence we have suggested a water depth over the soil of 2 inches). It likes warmth so plant it in full sun, and take care that larger, more vigorous, plants do not smother it. 

If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 4 Cypella aquatilis plants per square foot of ground, or 2 plants per linear foot of pond edge. Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.