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Euryale ferox

prickly water lily

A perennial pond plant, often grown as an annual, with thick, round, quilted green foliage. Short, thick prickly stems produce star-shaped purple-pink flowers with a white to yellow centre in summer, opening during the day. White seeds are called 'foxnuts' or 'makhana', and are a food and medicine source in parts of Asia

Other common names
Gorgon plant
prickly water lily

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Purple Pink Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Nymphaeaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Floating
Name status

Correct

Plant range
Indonesia

How to grow

Cultivation

Plant in fertile soil in still or slow-flowing ponds in full sun. Performs best in locations with hot, dry summers and cold winters

Propagation

Propagate by seed indoors at a temperature of 21°C in pots, and emerse in water. Seed must be kept moist in storage. Prick seedlings out when large enough, and grow on in the greenhouse for at least the first winter. Plant outdoors in late spring or summer after the risk of frost has passed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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