The European Water lily, Nymphaea alba graces still freshwater with its pure white flowers. A cosmopolitan plant that is found through Eurasia and into North Africa.
Preferring a depth of water between 200mm and 2 metres. The plants rely on a covering depth of water of 250mm above the herbaceous rhizome to give frost protection.
The pure white multi petalled flowers open during the day floating on the water surface. A slight scent is detected when close up. The centre of the flower is filled with a mass of yellow stigmas. As daylight fades the petals slowly fold together for the night.
Leaves, almost circular with a deep indent, are dark glossy green with a red tinge on the lower surface. These plants love full sun and to maximise flowering keep surrounding vegetation low.