Encompassing more than 40 species, water lilies (Nymphaea) are a genus belonging to the family Nymphaeaceae. Their strikingly gorgeous flowers make them some of the most pleasant sights in still waters. Found predominantly in Europe and Asia, they are protected species in Hungary despite being commercially available, meaning it is strictly forbidden to collect them in the wild.
The water lily has round bright green leaves, 15 to 30 cm in width, which can cover the vast majority of the water surface, and its colorful petals and bright yellow stamens make it one of the most marvelous jewels a pond can have. Its flowers only bloom for 3 to 5 days each before settling underwater – but, by continuously developing new flowers, the water lily displays its full beauty from June up until September. It prefers silty still waters or slow-moving streams and has considerable sun requirements, blossoming only in ample sunlight.
Check out our beautiful water lilies in the pond surrounding our Gibbon Island.
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