Nymphaea violacea – Blue Lily

This floating perennial herb with magnificent blue-violet blooms is native to northern Australia, growing in billabongs and rivers. The plant grows from a rhizome in the muddy bottom of the water body, with floating leaves and delicately scented flowers borne from late summer to winter in its natural environment. The plant can be cultivated from the rhizome, planted in a pot of rich organic matter and submerged in water 30 – 60cm deep. Cover the soil with a layer of gravel to stabilise. The pond should be at least 1 square metre to maintain water quality and contain some oxygenating plants.
The blue lily is a staple food for Aboriginal people in northern Australia, most parts of the plant are eaten.

Picture provided by Philip Clarke, from his new book Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use: Journeys of an Australian Anthropologist

Family : Nymphaeaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Aquatic
Width :
Flowering Time : Summer, Autumn, Winter
Soil Type : Loamy
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Boggy poorly drained
Special Uses : Edible, Cut flower, Bog gardens
Scientific Name: Nymphaea violacea
Common Name : Blue Lily
Height : 0.6
Flower Color : Blue, Purple
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Container growing, Flower garden
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Annual, Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Not frost tolerant
Attracts Wildlife : Butterflies, Other insects