Nymphaea x 'Islamorada'
Purple with white flecks
Florida Aquatic Nurseries 1998
Nymphaea 'Islamorada' was given the name because it reminded us of one of our favorite fishing spots, Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The Spanish translation means purple island which we felt fit the unique flower rather well.
Nymphaea 'Islamorada' was hybridized in 1998. It is a cross between Nymphaea micrantha and Nymphaea stellata. The Nymphaea stellata used was a very dark purple form that we selected out and set aside. The Nymphaea micrantha was the white form with no mottling on the leaves.
Nymphaea 'Islamorada' created quite a lot of interest when we released it in 1998. It is unique for two reasons. Firstly, because of the white spots in it's purple flower and secondly because of it's highly viviparous nature. It is more strongly viviparous that any other hybrid tropical waterlily and resembles Nymphaea micrantha in this characteristic.
N. Islamorada flower 1st day
N. Islamorada flower 2nd day