Nymphaea ‘Mexicana’ or ‘Yellow Mexican Waterlily’ Hardy Waterlily

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Nymphaea 'Mexicana' Hardy Waterlily

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Nymphaea ‘Mexicana’ Hardy Waterlily displays a 2.5-4″ cup/star shaped, yellow species flower and medium light green leaves with darker marbling that fades with age. The flower stands 4-7″ above the water in shallow water and has a lemony fragrance. Mexicana is a medium low bloomer, spreads 2-4′ in 6 in. to 5 ft. of water, is not very adaptable due to runners that will rapidly jump out of the pot and take over a tub or very small pond, and has an unknown shade tolerance.

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Common names include yellow waterlily, Mexican waterlily and banana waterlily. Nymphaea ‘Mexicana’ Hardy Waterlily displays a 2.5-4″ cup/star shaped, yellow species flower and medium light green leaves with darker marbling that fades with age. The flower stands 4-7″ above the water in shallow water and has a lemony fragrance. Mexicana is a medium low bloomer, spreads 2-4′ in 6 in. to 5 ft. of water, is not very adaptable due to runners that will rapidly jump out of the pot and take over a tub or very small pond, and has an unknown shade tolerance.


Notes from Turtle Island Mike’s LilyPad

The upright pineapple type root of this plant has runners like a strawberry that make new plants with “bananas”, banana like clusters of small, long tubers that will make new plants.

The good thing about Mexicana is that it makes few seeds. The bad thing about it is that it makes little clusters of tubers under the crowns in the fall that look like bunches of bananas. That is why people call it the banana waterlily. Each “banana” will make more plants. Several for each bunch. 
Mexicana spreads rapidly, up to several feet per year depending on zone. It is very easy to pull up and transplant or eradicate. It can really take over a small pond quickly so people generally fear letting it run free. In a small mud pond with no pots it can be controlled or eradicated in time but we wouldn’t recommend putting it in a big pond or you may never get rid of it.  Seeds generally only last for 3 years in the “wild” and the “bananas” should sprout as soon as its mother crown is removed so it shouldn’t take more than 3 years to eradicate from a mud pond by removing every plant that makes a surface leaf.
We don’t recommend Mexicana for naturalizing in a mud pond. Not because it is invasive, all waterlilies are invasive to some degree and many of them are worse than Mexicana, but if you want a pond of yellow waterlilies, try Texas Dawn, Joey Tomocik, or Perry’s Double Yellow.  
Mexicana has a tiny flower and doesn’t bloom much.  This cultivar is invasive in soil bottom ponds and banned in some states.
Breeder

Species

Part Number

LILHMEX

Hardy/Tropical

Hardy/Perennial

Flower Color

Yellow, Yellow – Dark

Flower Size

Small (3-5"), Miniature (1-3")

Flower Form

Cup/Star

Shipping class: Medium

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