Sioux - Nymphaea rustica 'Sioux'

 Quick Facts::  Nymphae rustica 'Sioux'
Care Level:Easy
Maximum Length:5″ 
Water Conditions:45-75 F,  pH 6.1 - 7.5
Propagation:Rhizone Division
Coloration:Red, Orange, Yellow
Supplements:Slow Release Tablets 
Origin:Garden Raised

Developed in 1908 by Joseph B.L. Marliac, the Sioux Lily is a hardy water lily, meaning that it can withstand cooler temperatures. The blooms of this hardy lily vary from peach to pink. The Sioux Lily's flowers form a star-shaped, 3 to 4 inch bloom that has from 19 to 20 petals per flower. These plants will grow horizontally across their potting container. Plant spreads 3 to 5 feet.

Water Conditions      
45 - 75° F
pH 6.1 - 7.5

Easily grown in calm water in full sun. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 4 as long as the roots do not freeze.The Sioux Lily will also thrive in small container gardens such as a half oak barrel or in small tubs and kettles in the full sun. Pot in round, shallow, solid containers of 20 gallons or more, in 2-18" of water. Rhizomes of container-grown plants may be lifted in fall after plants die back and stored in a cool location (basement, root cellar or other frost-free area) until spring. If your lotus is wintered inside, in the spring, set it out  in full sun. Keeping it there until the water in the pot is approximately 80°F will get it to bloom sooner. Wait until the leaves have started to grow and the pond temperature is above 70°F before submerging the lotus pot to your pond. This prevents the plant from going into shock.


Propagation is done by division of the root stock. Cut 4-5 inch chunks making sure each section contains a bud eye. Replant all divide sections as soon as possible and do not let the root dry out. Best done in early spring to give the plant grow time before preparing for winter.