The St. Louis water lily was the first patented water lily in 1933 introduced by George Pring, hybridizer of the Missouri Botanical Garden. It was also the first tropical water lily that was awarded the Henry Shaw Gold Medal at the National Flower Show.
The blossoms are large star shaped, brilliant yellow with deeper yellow stamens. The pads are oval-round, pea green above heavily mottled with bronze and more pale underneath.
History: Prior to 1933 there were no yellow flowered tropical hybrid water lilies offered in the trade. In 1890 a yellow flowered water lily was discovered in a remote part of Africa but lost.
After 39 years a rediscovery of this water lily by the Missouri Botanical Gardens and George Pring, their famous hybridizer, used seeds and in 1932 produced a new yellow flowered hybrid.
The exclusive distribution rights were given to the William Tricker company. The 1933 William Tricker Catalog introduced this rare yellow flowered tropical water lily to the world.
This wonderful water lily sold for $50 in 1933!
Hybridized By: George Pring in 1933.
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William Tricker, Inc.® is a leading grower of aquatic plants, supplier of water garden products and aquarium supplies. Our aquatic greenhouses have produced superior plants for over a century. Customers have been receiving quality aquativ plants and animals that make water gardening easy and fun to do. Purchase with confidence at Tricker's.
William Tricker (born 1853) started his commercial water lily culture in the United States in the late 1800's when he started hybridizing water lilies and studied what helps their growth. The shape, colors and hardiness of his beautiful aquatic plants have withstood the test of time.
In the early 1890's, he earned a reputation as a leader in aquatic lifeforms from hybridiing many water lilies. His water lily nursery and company, in both Ohio and Pennsylvania, was passed down tthrough his family until the 1980's when Richard Lee purchased the Ohio company. In 1892, the first William Tricker mail-order catalog was mailed to customers across the nation, and we still do, today.
A Message to Our Customers
Like other stores, recent events have affected Tricker's including supply lines and employees. Our Team Members have been working as quickly as possible to handle your order. Being short-handed, the propagation of plants and animals has been affected. Tricker's has an energetic crew with new members who are learning all aspects of the company from how to grow the aquatic plants to packaging and shipping to you.
The store in Independence is closed to walk-in traffic because Tricker's brick-n-water store has very limited space to accommodate people. Renovations of the historic site have further limited the space.
Everyone here at Tricker's Water Gardens appreciate your patience during these trying times in our history. We have, and still are, adjusting to accommodate customers. Thank you for understanding and have a very safe and exciting year.