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Water Lily - Colorado (Apricot, Peach Flower)

When customers ask how they can revitalize their pond and get it noticed again we usually recommend one of our amazing water lily selections. Colorado Hardy Water Lilies, with their lovely pink-peach (Slamon), yellow tipped flower and gorgeous green leaves, is sure to be the envy of pond owners and water garden enthusiasts alike.

Try one of our Water Lilies and add that extra touch of authenticity to your pond. You will additionally enjoy the practical benefits as well - Aquatic plants assist in keeping your water healthy for fish, turtles and other pond life. Shade from the large round and oval leaves keeps the water cool and decreases the amount of direct sunlight, a direct contributor to algae growth.

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This hardy day blooming water lily has a vivid pink-peach or salmon flower, tipped with yellow and large green leaves. It blooms spring through fall and winters well.

Information Summary:
Planting Depth: 12"-15" over the plant body
Spread: 4'-6' diameter
Foliage: New leaves mottled fading to vivid green
Sunlight: 6-8 hours of direct sun, no less than 4
Flower: Pink-Peach (Salmon) colored with a long blooming season

Colorado Hardy Water Lilies float their round foliage across your pond and produce vivid, pink-peach (Salmon) flowers tipped with yellow just above the water's surface. This breed of Lily requires about 4 feet to spread its leaves on the water's surface. Each leaf lasts about 4 weeks before turning yellow and eventually deteriorating into the pond. This is normal and should not be cause for concern. Flower showiness is legendary and each flower lasts about 3 days, opening during the day and closing in the late evenings throughout the night. Although 'Colorado' Hardy Water Lilies require full sun for best flowering, it will produce some flowers with only 4 hours of direct sun.

Common name(s): 'Colorado' Hardy Water Lily
Plant type: Aquatic plant
Uses: cut flowers; attracts butterflies
Height: .5 to 1 feet
Spread: 2 to 4 feet
Plant density: open
Growth rate: fast
Texture: medium
Leaf arrangement: most emerge from the soil, usually without a stem
Leaf type and persistence: evergreen
Leaf blade length: 12 to 18 inches
Leaf color: green
Fall color: no fall color change
Fall characteristic: not showy
Flower color: pink-peach (Salmon)
Flower characteristic: pleasant fragrance; summer flowering; fall flowering; spring flowering
Light requirement: plant grows in part shade/part sun, full sunlight is best
Soil tolerances: acidic; grows submerged in water
Soil salt tolerances: poor
Plant spacing: 36 to 60 inches

The Colorado Hardy Water Lily grows in standing water about 12-15 inches deep and spreads by means of rhizomes. It can be prevented from spreading by planting it in a container without drainage holes and submerging the container into the water garden. This helps prevent the plant from invading the entire water garden.

Colorado Hardy Water Lilies should be planted in a container filled with garden soil or potting mix. A shallow and wide container is better than a tall, narrow container. The garden soil can be mixed with one-fifth well-decomposed cow manure. Incorporate fertilizer at an equivalent rate of about one-quarter cup 10-10-10 per gallon of soil or media to help stimulate growth. Before filling the container, place a small plastic bag filled with sand at the bottom to keep it from floating in the pond or cover the soil with gravel once planted. Plant the rhizome at the edge of the container so it can grow horizontally across the top. Place a 1- or 2-inch layer of sand or gravel over the top of the media after the rhizome is planted in the pot to keep media and soil in the container. Lower the container into 6 inches of water until growth begins. Then it can be set so the bottom is no more than 18 inches below the surface. If the water is too deep, place a brick or concrete block under the container. Do not construct containers from treated lumber since growth could be severely inhibited.

The only maintenance required is monthly application of a slow-release fertilizer. Tablets manufactured by various companies can be placed several inches below the sand or gravel layer at the top of the container. Please check out our Fertilizer Section under the Plants menu for our top recommendations and what we have found to work over our 30+ years in the pond industry. Follow the manufacturer's directions to determine appropriate number of tablets.

PLEASE NOTE: There is variance of shapes, tones, hues, colors, and styles even within the same species or type of water lily. Please use the photo of this plant for reference only. There is no guarantee all plants will look or perform the same.


With your new Water Lily several variables will directly contribute to the success of your plant and ensure not only a new addition to your aquatic landscape but an addition that you can watch develop and thrive. Like any other Perennial your new plant will need proper sunlight, soil, fertilization, water depth and pruning. These factors will determine the success of your plant

Water lilies begin shooting up their first floating leaves in early April. Although they may initially be smaller or darker in color, later blooms generally produce larger leaves with lighter colors. As the season carries on, leaves get larger and begin to shade the water below, cooling and moderating temperature fluctuation. This is one of several practical benefits of introducing aquatic plants into your pond or water garden. Leaves last anywhere from three to four weeks as they open, grow, and their vibrant color fills the surface of your pond. Into and after the forth week you will notice the leaves beginning to yellow, brown and deteriorate into your pond. Prompt removal of yellowing leaves at the soil level encourages new growth.. Around May, the first flowers reach the surface, opening in the day and closing in the evenings for four days per flower. As a flower is spent, it will slowly sink into the pond and should be pinched out to promote more flowering. Hardy water lilies flower May through September, with the peak season in June, July, and August.

For the best results, position the water lily so that it receives at least five or more hours of direct sunlight. With Hardy Water Lilies direct sunlight is important and the afternoon sun is best. Some varieties will flower at a reduced frequency when receiving less sunlight. More sun equals more leaves and flowers. A pond in full sun is preferable.

Another important and often overlooked variable is good quality topsoil as the growing medium. Clay-loam soil from a vegetable garden or lawn is commonly used. Do not use a bagged soil unless it is specifically labeled for aquatic plants. All floating soil should obviously be avoided as it will not remain in the pot. Adding a layer of small gravel over the top of the soil will keep fish or other aquatic life from digging up the plants and prevents kick up from water circulation.

Use a pot or planting container that is as large as your pond can accommodate. Larger soil volume allows for a larger root system and more nutrients and translates into bigger flowers and leaves. Choose a wide pot over a deep pot as the preferred method for planting. Place the pot at the bottom of the pond up to three feet deep. If your water level is more than three feet deep you can rest the pot on bricks to narrow the gap between the potted plant and the surface of your pond. Allow a minimum of ten inches of water covering the soil. Positioning a plant less than the preferred depth will cause the quality of flowers to be reduced. Be sure the roots are below the freeze line in water.

Regular fertilization will keep your water lily blooming and growing well throughout the entire season. Fertilizer tablets are pushed into the soil at planting time and from April through August. Follow the fertilizer manufacturer's recommendation for fertilizer application rates. We have the best aquatic plant fertilizer and you can find it in our online store. Additionally, it is important to instruct your pond maintenance person to remove dying and decaying leaves and flowers from your pond as this aquatic waste will settle on the pond basin and/or contribute to the waste that is picked up by your filter.

Locate the water lily out of the turbulence of the waterfall or fountain splash. Water splashing on the top of the leaves will discolor and destroy them.

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