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Waterlily Varieties



That looked pretty good when Tarzan did it, breathing through that waterlily stem.

Last week we talked about growing waterlilies is tubs, and this week we promised you we were going to show you the best varieties to use. This is a changeable waterlily. It's called Comanche, and it starts out yellow, turns apricot, and then reddish. If you want a beautiful yellow waterlily, don't forget Cromatella. It's one of the most spectacular yellows. If you're looking for a white waterlily, don't overlook Odorata minima. It's a native of Florida, small growing plant, and beautiful white blooms.

If you're into a royal pink waterlily, you might want to try this Princess Elizabeth, who later became Queen Elizabeth, of course, the Queen of England. And this is certainly an appropriate plant to be named after her, this beautiful pink waterlily.

Of course, if you're living in San Antonio, you're interested in red, and that's what Gloriosa waterlily provides. Not only is it red, but it's fragrant. And of course you know what Gloriosa means in Spanish, beautiful.

The previous waterlilies we've been talking about have all been hardy, which means they can freeze hard as a brick and can take it. This is a blue one, but it's a tropical, but it's the most shade tolerant of all waterlilies. It's called Dauben.

This has been Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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