Arc en Ciel


Rare little lily grown principally for it’s pink/green/maroon harlequin foliage and small white star-shaped flowers. Sold bare-rooted.

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Unusual compact water lily with wonderfully colourful  foliage of deep green splashed with pink and maroon around small white flowers. Can provide an interesting focus even in mottled shade.

Mature spread:  Small water lily covers an area in leaf up to 1m in diameter in Summer.

Top tip: In a smaller pond divide every 4-5 years.

Flowers: June/September flowering is successional with each flower opening from a tight bud to full flower over a period of 7-10 days.  Each flower is at its best for three days, then gradually fades and droops under the water. Once the plant has fully matured, flowers at different stages of growth will be present all through the flowering season.

Planting depth: 20-30cm depth of water from soil surface to water surface.

Propagation: Divide plants in March/April by separating the rhizome where new shoots and roots are growing. Keep the bits in water until planted.

How to plant:  See “8 steps to perfectly planted water lilies” under Top Tips on our website. Plant into a 10lt planting basket using heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and immediately immerse fully in water to the suggested depth. For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.

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