Nymphaea candida (Dwarf White Water Lily)

Scientific Name

Nymphaea candida C.Presl

Common Names

Dwarf White Water Lily


Castalia biradiata, Castalia candida, Castalia colchica, Castalia semiaperta, Leuconymphaea candida

Scientific Classification

Family: Nymphaeaceae
Genus: Nymphaea


Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Spring until the end of summer


Nymphaea candida is an aquatic perennial herb that is spreading up to 2 feet (60 cm). Rhizomes are stoloniferous and unbranched. Leaves are up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter, usually floating or submerged. They are membranous when young and prominently veined when mature. The flower is bisexual, white with a yellow center, up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter, and it is usually floating alone.

Nymphaea candida (Dwarf White Water Lily)
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USDA hardiness zones 4a to 9b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C)  to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Like any other perennial, each different Water Lilies may have specific needs regarding their sunlight, soil, fertilization, water depth, and pruning requirements. When shopping for Water Lilies, be sure to check the requirements of that specific plant before you decide that you must have it! Generally, Water Lilies require a minimum of four to five hours of full sun each day to produce the most blooms. They should be planted in a large, wide pot, using a slightly acidic mixture of clay and loam with a pH of 6.1-7.0. Commercial potting mixes often contain amendments that float, so if you are using a commercial mix be sure that it is specifically for aquatic plants! Adding a few goldfish to your pond will take care of most insect pests that attack aquatic plants as well as devouring the mosquito larvae. See more at: How to Grow and Care for Water Lilies.


Nymphaea candida is native to quiet freshwater habitats in Eurasia.


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