William Falconer - Hardy Water Lily.
Perhaps one of the deepest of the red petaled colored hardies, in fact
so dark that they are often described as turning black! A 1899 hybrid
by leading horticulturist and estate gardener James Brydon (1859-1901) of Massachusetts.
The name of the water lily was selected in honor of William Falconer
who was Curator of the Botanic Gardens, Cambridge, MA and later the
Director of Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pa. William Falconer was a good
friend of William Tricker and James Brydon. Many nurseries over the
decades would select and offer this marvelous hybrid in their mail order
catalogs. One of the images we selected to show is from Tricker's 1922
catalog. Peterson Henderson, well known aquarist,, in his 1906
historic booklet "The Culture of Water Lilies and Aquarium Plants" also showed a beautiful photograph of a grouping of William Falconer water
lilies in a pond. James Brydon passed on in 1901 and we hope you will
grow this wonderful hybrid that has lasted over the decades. A great
grower and extremely hardy in our winters!