Nymphaea ‘Kew’s Kabuki’

Nymphaea ‘Kew’s Kabuki is a tropical water lily and a member of the Nymphaeaceae family of plants. It is a day bloomer. Nymphaea ‘Kew’s Kabuki’ was originated in 2008 by Carlos Magdalena of Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.

Nymphaea ‘Kew’s Kabuki’ has bluish-white starry shaped flowers that could be as large as 20cm 8in diameter. The flowers reach 40cm or 16in high above the water.

Nymphaea ‘Kew’s Kabuki’ leaves are round, ellipsoidal with pointed lobes. It is plain green. Nymphaea ‘Kew’s Kabuki’ can spread to about 2m or 7ft.

Nymphaea 'Kew's Kabuki'
Nymphaea ‘Kew’s Kabuki’

Nymphaea ‘Kew’s Kabuki’ flowers change day by day. On the first day has a bluish hue which gradually transforms in white. The anthers are red and then start changing to purple. Filaments also change from white on the outer and yellow inners.

Nymphaea 'Kew's Kabuki'
Nymphaea ‘Kew’s Kabuki’ at Waterlily House, Kew Garden, London
Nymphaea 'Kew's Kabuki'
Nymphaea ‘Kew’s Kabuki’ at Kew Garden, London

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