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Water lily icon St Louis - Tropical Water Lily

St Louis - Tropical Water Lily
St Louis - Tropical Water Lily
St Louis - Tropical Water Lily
St Louis - Tropical Water Lily
St Louis - Tropical Water Lily
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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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Each: $50.00

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 plants for over a century. Customers have been receiving quality water plants and animals, some free, 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. He began experimenting with 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 aquatice from hybridiing water lilies. His water lily nursery and company was formed in both Ohio and Pennsylvania and each were passed down to 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.

Read more about William Tricker and the historic water lily nursery here.