Water Poppy - Hydrocleys nymphoids Can float for a while but best planted

Water Poppy - Hydrocleys nymphoids | Tropical Bog Plants

Water Poppy - Hydrocleys nymphoids
Can float for a while but best planted

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SKU: PLABTPOPPY

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Water Poppy makes for a delightful and cheery surface-floating plant. 

Comes with 4 - 6 quarter-sized leaves like miniature lily leaves in 2" clumps.

This tender perennial has three-petaled, creamy-yellow flowers with velvety-brown centers.

The flowers are held several inches above the handsome, oval leaves.

An excellent choice for any size water garden; may require pruning in smaller ponds.



  • The Water Poppy floats on surface.

  • Yellow flowers in summer.

  • Full sun to partial shade. Tolerates almost constant shade

  • Hardy zones 7-11 Tender Perennial

  • Planting depth: 6-16"
  • 0-3 in H x spreading W

  • Recommended Pot Size8 inch fabric pot or 8x5 Plastic Pot

  • Shipping size: 2" Plugs - Height varies through season


The Water Poppy may be one of nature's most elegant floating plants. With its dark green, heart-shaped leaves and often abundant scattering of quaint yellow flowers, this floating plant adds a compelling carpet of foliage and visual depth to any pond's edge.


Native to tropical climates, the Water Poppy is a fairly fast growing plant that develops thick, shiny leaves approximately 2" to 4" wide along long, trailing stems. It has short-lived, almost cup-shaped flowers with a contrasting red and brown center that stretch 2 to 2-1/2" above the water's surface. The flowers bloom between June and August, though the plant thrives year-round in warmer climates.


For optimal growth, the Water Poppy prefers rich soil in shallow waters of 6" or less, though most plants survive in water up to 12" deep. Even in warmer regions, this plant may benefit from over-wintering indoors in a shallow tub with good light, as it is susceptible to even brief frost exposure. Like other floating plants, the Water Poppy helps shade your pond and fish and creates a safe haven and spawning area protected from birds and other predators. Zones 8 to 11. 


Grower Recommendation:


They are like waterlilies - you plant the roots and the pads should float

ok to float for a while


- the pads will turn toward the surface/sun if they don't start out that way


more info:


Dark green, rounded

leaves are accented by abundant, creamy yellow, 2" flowers. Once water

temperatures reach 70-75 degrees, Water Poppy will begin blooming and will

continue to bloom into the fall until the first frost. Prefers full sun,

although will tolerate some shade. Water Poppy can be left floating, but will

grow best if planted. Can be planted the same as tropical water lilies.


PLANTING CONTAINER: We recommend a 1 gallon economy planting container

or a small planting bag


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