|Blossom||Απρίλιο - Μάϊο - Ιούνιο - Ιούλιο|
|Colour||Πράσινο - Μπορντώ - Ροζ- Κίτρινο|
Nymphaea 'Barbara Dobbins'
This is a variety of tropical water lily that came from the cross between Nymphaea odorata and Nymphaea mexicana. It is a submerged, floating aquatic plant, most of which is below the water surface. The plant grows from a tuberous, climbing rhizome which is attached to the bottom and is held with the help of its roots. Numerous long, flexible stems emerge from the rhizome that float thanks to the air they contain inside, resulting in quite large (20 to 24 cm in diameter) floating leaves of circular-heart-shaped and glossy texture, which have a bright green color, creating free rosettes 1.5 to 2.1 m in diameter. The extremely beautiful, fragrant flowers, which float on the surface of the water, opening in the morning, appear in continuous flowering waves from April to July. They are initially bell-shaped and then asteroid-shaped, 10 to 12 cm in diameter and consist of 30 to 32 light apricot-colored petals 5 cm long that surround numerous stamens in golden yellow, while the rim is surrounded by 4 pink-green sepals.
It is a variety with a medium to relatively high growth rate, which is quite durable and easy to grow. It is a mandatory aquatic plant, which should be attached to the bottom of water bodies or immersed in suitable containers for aquatic plants. It prefers sunny places, as well as its installation in rich, clay soils or lake bottoms. It is recommended to use suitable aquatic planters for its installation, facilitating its installation and care, which should be sunk to a depth of 45 to 50 cm below the water surface, depending on the size of the plant. Like other temperate species of water lilies, it is resistant to areas with cold winters, where during its winter dormancy it can withstand temperatures as low as -35 ° C. During autumn, its growth rate decreases, while under the influence of low temperatures, most of the floating leaves die, with the plant producing small, sunken brown and coarse-textured leaves (winter leaves). Excessively high temperatures lead to slowing of plant growth and the production of lighter, often chlorotic and watery shoots and leaves, with the optimum range being between 15 and 25 ° C. When grown in water containers or artificial water bodies, it should be fertilized regularly with a fertilizer specialized for aquatic plants. It is said that this species can survive even a complete, temporary drying of the aquatic body in which it grows, but this stress should be avoided during its cultivation. It multiplies very easily by dividing the rhizomes every 2 to 3 years, thanks to its natural expansion which forms extensive colonies under suitable conditions.
One of the best varieties of water lilies for temperate climates, it stands out for its rich, continuous flowering and its fragrant, pastel flowers. It is especially recommended for planting in natural or artificial water bodies such as lakes, cisterns, troughs, tanks and others, where it is recommended to be planted in places with a depth of more than 45 cm, with the best growth observed in large lakes, where plants form extensive colonies of high aesthetic value. Its flowers can be used in floral arrangements. It is reported that the sunken stems and leaves of the plant are used as a hiding place and storage of eggs for various species of fish, while the flowers are particularly attractive to pollinating insects such as beetles and bees. As it grows, it contributes to the shading and oxygenation of the water body in which it grows, preventing the development of algae and hypoxic conditions respectively.