In 2006, we were very surprised to have a Victoria amazonica
that was white the second night rather than the brilliant red
we love so much. Read about it in WGI
Online 1.4. Now, in 2009, we have two of them!
The White Ones are startling in their beauty. The white is
contrasted against deep maroon streaks and stripes on the inner
petals. Ivory paracarpels are tipped with light red, as are the
stamens. This coloration is consistent throughout the life of
the plants, not occurring just occasionally.
Each year since 1998, we have grown multiple examples of both
Victoria species, amazonica and cruziana,
as well as at least one each of the primary hybrids, Adventure
and Longwood Hybrid. Though we do this for the pleasure
of it, our primary goal is seed production and we have become
the pedigreed seed source for much of the world.
We are very careful about the purity of the plants we grow and
keep detailed records. We review each year in Our
Adventure With Victoria.
In as many cases as possible, we trace all known cultivated
Victorias back to their wild origins. These pedigrees
can be found here.
For our own breeding plants, we grow only amazonicas that
originated in the wild, notably Brazil, and cruzianas
from Paraguay and Argentina. We know the locations, dates and
collectors. One of our self-appointed missions is to keep these
wild lines going. As a result, we pay attention to the quality
of the lines and grow the strongest of each. This raises the
question in our minds are the White Ones good for the