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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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Item #: 10-1012

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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America's Oldest Water Garden Specialist established in 1892
In the later 1920s and 1930s Tricker delivered aquatics locally via trucks to customers. This practice is still done today in newer vehicles.

William Tricker, Inc.® is a leading grower of aquatic plants and supplier of water garden products and aquarium supplies. Our aquatic greenhouses have produced superior aquatic plants for over a century. Our customers have been receiving quality guaranteed aquatics, some free,that make Water Gardening easy and fun to do. Purchase with confidence at Tricker's.

Tricker's Has a Long and Interesting History
Blue Beauty Water Lily 1896 Tricker Hybrid

William Tricker (1853-1916) was an originator of commercial water lily culture in the United States. He began experimenting in the later 1800s growing and hybridizing water lilies. He improved the shape, colors and hardiness of these beautiful aquatic plants.

In the early 1890's, he hybridized magnificent water lilies gave him a reputation as a lead grower of aquatic plants. He established a water lily nursery and company. In 1892, he introduced the first William Tricker catalog. This rare 1892 William Tricker Catalog as well as other water garden historic relics are still with the company.

Many hybrid water lilies were introduced and named by these noted individuals and are still available today. Some are unique and "first of a kind" in their respective classes and can be purchased from William Tricker, Inc.®.

You can still enjoy these spectacular Water Lily hybrids and witness the beauty observed long ago when we had time to ponder nature's miracles. Volumes of information about the accomplishments and dedication of the individuals that contributed to the success of Tricker's can be written.

Tricker's introduced many new water lily hybrids as well as developing fancy fish and ornamental fish propagation, fish remedies, water pH testing, aquatic fertilizers, fish food formulations, and the manufacture of aquariums and accessories.

Tricker's is, indeed, a company to trust to send you lovely live water lilies and aquatic animals suited for your picturesque water garden.

Member of Aquatic Growers and Suppliers of Water Garden Products

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, U.S. National Park Service

Read more about William Tricker and the historic water lily nursery at this link.