Arc-En-Ciel Hardy Waterlily (Nymphaea ‘Arc-en-Ciel’)
Long, thin petals start life a pretty soft pink before fading to white. Unusual multi-colored foliage.
Arc-En-Ciel is French for rainbow, which is what you’ll see if you look closely enough at this waterlily’s flower and foliage.
Its long, thin petals stretch out from yellow centers, producing star-shaped flowers that span about 5 to 6 inches across. These blooms start a soft pink before fading to white.
Arc-En-Ciel has equally impressive leaves, with all shades of green, yellow, white and even pink making an appearance on some plants.
This unique gem is a creation of famed French hybridizer Joseph Latour-Marliac, who brought it to the public eye around the turn of the 20th century.
Waterlilies thrive placed in full sun and submerged in anywhere from 8 to 30 inches of water. Put your potted lily directly into the pond, or remove it from the pot and plant it in a designated pocket. Don’t worry if the lilies’ leaves are completely submerged; any new growth will find its way to the surface.
For maximum blooms, fertilize your lilies about once per month from May until September. (If you bought your lily from Splash, you can wait until one month after your purchase to fertilize your plant for the first time).
Each flower on a waterlily will repeat its bloom cycle – opening in the morning and closing in the afternoon – for three to five days before dying. You’ll know a bloom has run its course when it sinks under the water, at which point you can prune it. With plenty of sunlight and fertilizer, most lilies will produce tons of new flowers from May until October in southcentral Pennsylvania (Zone 6).
Trim off the lily’s leaves as they start to die off for the season, eventually pruning the whole plant down to its base. Some people like to “sink” their waterlilies in the deepest part of the pond in the winter, but we have found that most hardy waterlilies manage just fine without being moved.
Waterlilies produce fewer leaves and flowers when overcrowded. To get the most out of your plant, divide it every couple years.
OVERVIEW: ARC-EN-CIEL HARDY WATERLILY (NYMPHAEA ‘ARC-EN-CIEL’)
|Where to Plant||Deep Water (8-30 Inches)|
|Where to Plant|
Deep Water (8-30 Inches)