Nymphaea ‘Sunfire’, a Mike Giles exclusive hybrid hardy waterlily, displays a 6-8″ stellate shaped, generally brilliant pink flower with bright pink outer petals grading to lighter pink then to light yellow then to dark yellow. Sunfire is an excellent bloomer, spreads 4-6′ in 8″-8′ of water, is adaptable to smaller pots and ponds (a 1 gallon pot is good), and is shade tolerant.
Nymphaea ‘Wanvisa’ Hardy Waterlily displays a 4-6″ cup/star shaped, amazing brilliant orange-red to yellow flower with yellow flecks and very dark green, rubbery leaves with dark variegation that stand above the water in shallow water hiding the flowers. The flower stands 4-7″ above the water in shallow water. Wanvisa is a medium bloomer, spreads 3-5′ in 2-6 ft. of water, is unknown adaptability, and has an unknown shade tolerance.
Notes from Turtle Island Mike’s LilyPad
This variable plant can have blooms in any combination of red, orange and yellow. Some petals might be all yellow or all red on the same flower The flower can be half red and half yellow. This very fast reproducing Marliac overcrowds quickly requiring at least annual re-potting to maintain flowering. It is the first hardy waterlily to ever win best new waterlily class in the IWGS waterlily competition. Plant deep to prevent leaf pile up.
11 × 4 × 1 in
Pink, Pink – Medium, Red, Red – Light, Yellow, Yellow – Medium
Medium Flower (5-7"), Small Flower (3-5")
Very Dark Green
Small Plant (3-5')
Stands 4-7" above the surface of the water in shallow water