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Mrs. Edwards Whitaker Tropical Water Lily

Mrs. Edwards Whitaker Tropical Water Lily
Mrs. Edwards Whitaker Tropical Water Lily
Mrs. Edwards Whitaker Tropical Water Lily
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Mrs. Edwards Whitaker. George Pring, famous hybridizer form the Missouri Botancial Gardens, introduced this beautiful hybrid in 1917. In September 1920 George Pring was given the gold metal by the National Association of Gardeners for creation of this new water lily.  Flowers are lavender blue becoming pale with age until they are almost white.  Blossoms are often 10 inches or more, stamens bright yellow, petals numerous and paper thin, and there is a decided fragrance. When documenting this wonderful new hybrid, Mr. Pring reported that during flower production this water lily will produce at least 6 open flowers per plant! But, soon afterward the water lily became most popular and was producing much more flowers!  Not only this water lily will produce a great numbers of flowers but the flowers are known to be one of the best for early blooming in the day and staying open later in the evening than other varieties. Leaves are almost round, mottled or streaked with dark red above and blotched with purple on the pale green base below. The plants do best in large pools but may be grown in a tub. In the words of the famous Tricker hybridizer Robert Sawyer that had a photograph of this distinct water lily in his book with the caption "Whitaker is a gigantic light blue water lily that opens early and closes late. It is one of the best Tropicals."

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