Charlie’s Choice Hardy Waterlily (Nymphaea ‘Charlie’s Choice’)

This small to medium red changeable produces flowers with colors ranging from white to rich pink and varying shades of bronze-red. A continual changing mosaic of colors.

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Charlie’s Choice is a great choice for smaller ponds and containers – even if your name isn’t Charlie. The flowers grow to a width of about 2 to 3 inches and show off a kaleidoscope of colors, from white to pink to bronze-red, throughout their lifespan. The Charlie in this lily’s name is Charles Thomas of Lilypons Water Gardens in Maryland. Thomas co-founded the organization now known as the International Waterlily and Water gardening Association and discovered several waterlily hybrids, including the popular Nymphaea ‘Virginia.’ Kirk Strawn – another pioneer in the waterlily industry – hybridized the ‘Charlie’s Choice’ waterlily in 1995, naming it after his fellow horticulturalist.


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: Charlie’s Choice Waterlily (Nymphaea ‘Charlie’s Choice’)
FlowerDwarf Red Changeable
Bloom TimeSummer
Hardiness Zone3
Spread2-4 Feet
ExposurePrefers Sun
Where to PlantDeep Water (8-30 Inches)

Additional information


Dwarf Red Changeable

Bloom Time


Hardiness Zone





2-4 Feet


Prefers Sun

Where to Plant

Deep Water (8-30 Inches)