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General Pershing. Many gardeners insist that this is the finest hybrid water lily produced. It was produced by famous hybridizer George Pring of the Missouri Botanical Garden and introduced by William Tricker, Inc. in 1920. It was awarded a silver medal by the Society of American Florists in 1923. The parentage includes the hybrid 'Mrs. Edwards Whitaker', from whom it received its large size, and 'Castalifora' for its color. Flowers are large and deep pink or orchid-pink with a rich scent. A color of flower that stands out among the many varieties produced! The aromatic flowers are held as much as a foot above the water and have sepals light pink inside and yellow stamens tipped rose. Dark green buds are stripped with purple. Large dark green leaves are tinged with purple and are spotted red underneath. The plants develop considerable size but adapt well to small pools. Water lily hybridizers have considered this "The Most Beautiful of All Water Lilies". Grow General Pershing water lily and we are sure you will agree!
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