Victoria amazonica

Victoria amazonica (HM2MAQ)

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N 38° 54.795', W 76° 56.69'

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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

Of all the water lilies grown at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the Victoria amazonica (formerly named Victoria regia), Victoria cruziana, and the hybrid, Victoria 'longwood' are among the most popular.

These lilies are night-blooming. Flowers grow to over 12 inches wide and bloom in early September. In their native South America, the lily pads may grow and inch per hour and reach up to eight feet in diameter. Here, the pads typically grow as large as four to six feet.

For over 200 years, the Victoria amazonica has fascinated explorers and nobility alike, as one of the great exotic plants of the Amazon.

The Victoria amazonica helped spark worldwide interest in water lilies during the 1800s. This magnificent plant appears in the Shaw Gardens' catalogs from the early 20th Century.


A Water Lily Fit for a Queen

Named after the British monarch Queen Victoria, Victoria regia is widely considered to be the "Queen of Aquatics."

German/English explorer Robert Schomburgk popularized the Victoria regia when he sent water lily specimens to England from British Guiana, present-day Guyana, South American in 1837.

British botanist John Lindley published the first description of

the plant and named it after the new queen.

The lily was renamed the Victoria amazonica in 1901, after the death of Queen Victoria.

Victoria regia
Grown at the White House

In 1903, First Lady Edith Roosevelt wrote:

"Water gardens are a new fad. . .
It is intended by next year to
grow the wonderful
Victoria regia
in the great basin to the south of
the executive mansion."
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, October 27th, 2019 at 11:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 331381 N 4308947
Decimal Degrees38.91325000, -76.94483333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.795', W 76° 56.69'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 47.7" N, 76° 56' 41.4" W
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