Comanche Hardy Waterlily (Nymphaea ‘Comanche’)
Comanche is an excellent changeable waterlily with apricot-colored flowers that mature to an almost bronze.
Would you rather have a yellow waterlily or a bronze-red one? With Comanche, you don’t have to choose.
Comanche is an excellent example of a changeable lily, meaning its flowers show a range of colors over their lifespan. This lily’s blooms start off a light apricot color and eventually darken to a coppery red. These flowers span about 5 to 6 inches across, making Comanche a great fit for smaller ponds and container gardens. Its leaves are bright green flecked with brown.
Famed French hybridizer Joseph Latour-Marliac developed this interesting changeable waterlily in 1908.
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: COMANCHE HARDY WATERLILY (NYMPHAEA ‘COMANCHE’)
|Where to Plant||Deep Water (8-30 Inches)|
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Deep Water (8-30 Inches)