WGI International Checklist of
Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars
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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):
Nymphaea ‘Fairy Skirt’
2) Hardy or tropical: Hardy 3) Day or night bloomer: Day
4) Originator: Mike Giles 5) Year of origin: 2004
6) Address: Removed to protect privacy
7) Nominant (Named by): Mike Giles
8) Address (if different from above):
9) Introducer: Mike Giles
10) Address (if different from above):
11) Applicant: Mike Giles
12) Address (if different from above):
13) Phone: 14) Fax: 15) Email: Removed to protect privacy
16) As far as you know, has this name been published in a dated publication together with a description? No
17) If yes to 16, give details of the earliest publication (title, date, publisher, etc.):
18) Has this cultivar been granted Patent or Plant Breeders' Rights, or is it being sold under a trade designation other than the name used here? No
19) If yes to any of the above, please give details:
21) If yes, please give details (where, when deposited, etc.):
ABOUT THE PLANT
Parentage: Seed (maternal) parent: Known
Pollen (paternal) parent: Unknown
Please give following dimensions in centimeters.
Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Highly variable, star to flat, often with strongly outwardly curled sepals and petals by the third day. Wide pointy petals
Diameter: 20-24 cm.
Sepal color, exterior: Dark green with pink margins the first day, lighter base each day after, retaining dark green on outer one third.
Sepal color, interior: Shell pink with slightly darker margins, slightly darker than petals.
Sepal number: 4
Petal color: Variable. Dark to medium shell pink, lightening sometimes to almost white on the third day.
Petal number: 32-38
Anther color: Dark yellow
Tip color: Dark yellow
Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Medium green
Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No
Fragrant? Light lemony scent
Height above water: 0-5 cm. in 1 m. of water
Leaves: Shape: Round
Margin: Smooth, slightly upturned
Length x width: 25 x 25 cm.
Lobes: One lobe slightly raised, very small points on tips
Color, top: Medium-dark green. New leaves reddish with some dark splotching.
Color, underside: Pink-red with dark red splotches and green veins.
Petiole (leaf stem) color: Green
Petiole pubescent? Slight
Spread of plant (diameter): 90-150 cm.
What cultivar does this plant most closely resemble and how does it differ? The petal shape is similar to N. ‘Rosy Morn’ and N. ‘Amabilis’ but with outward curled petals, on an N. mexicana cross plant similar to N. ‘Pink Grapefruit’.
Unusual characteristics or comments: Petals that are outwardly curled on second and third day flowers. Sepals sometimes curl 360 degrees and will not close all the way at night leaving a vase shaped bud with the petal tips exposed. These traits are not expressed well in small under-fertilized plants. More fertility and space lead to more curl. Long anthers of uneven length surrounding a wide carpel disk. Very free flowering.