Stockholm Botanic Garden’s Giant Waterlillies

Giant lilly StockholmMeasuring in at 2.36 meters in diameter, the intriguing plant belongs to a hybrid of two Victoria species, called “Longwood,”  located at Stockholm’s Bergius Botanic Garden’s Victoria House. The water lily leaves emerge from the surface of the water rolled in on themselves, looking like a thorny bundle of baby hedgehog.  As the leaf begins to absorb water it starts to grow. It looks a little crinkly before it reaches its full potential, and it takes a few days before the leaf expands to its final size.

waterlilly closeup

Fit for a Disney Princess’s bed.

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