Steven Strawn Hardy Water Lily flowers
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Plant Height: 15 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Waterlily
Brilliant, crimson, cup-shaped blooms; easy to care for; water lilies dislike moving water
Steven Strawn Hardy Water Lily features showy fragrant crimson cup-shaped flowers with white overtones and yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from early to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive large glossy oval leaves emerge burgundy in spring, turning dark green in color the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Steven Strawn Hardy 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.
Steven Strawn Hardy Water Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Water Gardens
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
- Container Planting
- Bog Gardens
Planting & Growing
Steven Strawn Hardy Water Lily will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 5 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.
Steven Strawn Hardy 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.