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Waterlilies and Lotuses: Species, Cultivars, and New Hybrids

By Perry D. Slocum

Add this one to your library and give it a well-positioned place on your bookshelf, since you'll consult it often.

Greg Speichert, Water Gardening

In this fully updated work, Perry Slocum describes nearly 500 species and cultivars of the crowning jewels of water gardens, the waterlilies and lotuses. This book includes more than 130 of the best new hybrids introduced since the landmark Water Gardening: Water Lilies and Lotuses by Perry Slocum and Peter Robinson was published. All species and the major cultivars, including day- and night-blooming tropical and hardy waterlilies and lotuses, are described along with the author's and hybridizers' comments on the best landscape uses for each plant. Although the genera Nymphaea and Nelumbo receive special emphasis, a chapter is also devoted to the other genera in the waterlily family, Nuphar, Victoria, Euryale, Barclaya, and Ondinea. In addition to his achievements as a hybridizer, Slocum is an award-winning nature photographer. Waterlilies and Lotuses is illustrated with 350 stunning color photographs of these exotic beauties, with more than 100 photos published here for the first time. With information on hardiness, including maps for Europe and the United States, and an extensive list of suppliers of water gardening plants and equipment in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, Waterlilies and Lotuses is a truly definitive resource for water gardeners the world over.

Media reviews

"The book is valuable just for its 325 stunning color photographs, the most helpful and informative way to identify and differentiate the many cultivars of waterlilies and lotus introduced over the years. Add this one to your library and give it a well-positioned place on your bookshelf, since you'll consult it often."

—Greg Speichert, Water Gardening

About the author

Perry D. Slocum

The late Perry D. Slocum, founder of Slocum Water Gardens and Perry's Water Gardens, earned an A.B. degree in biology from Cornell University in 1935. He held U.S. patents for several lotuses and hardy waterlilies and was one of the most important breeders of aquatic plants. Waterlilies and Lotuses is his last book.

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