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St. Louis. This 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. Leaves are oval-round, pea green above heavily mottled with bronze and more pale underneath.
Background: 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 and was awarded the Henry Shaw Gold Metal at the National Flower Show. The exclusive distribution rights were given to the William Tricker company. In 1933 Wm. Tricker Catalog introduced this rare yellow flowered tropical water lily to the world. Click on the image to witness the first black and white image as it was printed in our Wm. Tricker, Inc. 1933 catalog. Also you will see the page of our 1933 Tricker catalog on its introduction. It was offered for 50 dollars! Today, this same lily can be purchased and enjoyed since1933!