Quick Facts:: Nymphaea xmarliacea 'Chromatella'
|Water Conditions:||45-75 F, pH 6.1 - 7.5|
|Supplements:||Slow Release Tablets|
Hybridized in 1877, The Chromatella Lily also known as Golden Cup, and Marliac Yellow, is a slightly scented lily. Petals are canary yellow with cup-shaped flowers that measure up to 5-1/2" , olive green leaves may grow up to 9". They have splashes of purple that fade with age. It is an early bloomer with a long blooming season. The Chromatella Lily has excellent shade tolerance and may withstand cold weather.
Easily grown in calm water in full sun. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 4 as long as the roots do not freeze.The Chromatella 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 2 gallons or more, in 6-18" 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 lily 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 lily pot back in 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.