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Green SmokeTropical Water Lily

Nymphaea 'Green Smoke'

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Green SmokeTropical Water Lily (Nymphaea 'Green Smoke') at Bachman's Landscaping

Green SmokeTropical Water Lily flowers

Green SmokeTropical Water Lily flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  14 inches

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Waterlily


Tropical water lily with chartreuse-green star-shaped flowers with yellow centers and blue tips; blooms from summer to winter; round green folage mottled with purple; easy to care for; water lilies dislike moving water; annual in colder climates

Ornamental Features

Green SmokeTropical Water Lily features showy fragrant chartreuse cup-shaped flowers with light green overtones, gold eyes and blue tips at the ends of the stems from early summer to late fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive glossy round leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning green in color with distinctive purple spots the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Green SmokeTropical Water Lily is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a low habit of growth, spreading atop the surface of the water. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Green SmokeTropical Water Lily is ideally suited for growing in a pond, water garden or patio water container, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Water Gardens
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Green SmokeTropical Water Lily will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the water, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. As an aquatic plant, it requires a suitable water garden environment and will benefit from special planting and ongoing care practices; consult one of our in-store experts for further details and instructions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Green SmokeTropical Water Lily is a fine choice for the water garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in outdoor pots and containers, aquatic plants like this one will require a special growing environment that meets their requirement for consistent moisture. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Naturalizing  Container  Bog  Water 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features