Gargantuan lily pads have become
the newest attraction at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden – thanks to
the efforts of a dedicated volunteer.
Victoria amazonica water
lilies have been grown by volunteers in the Botanic Garden for the last six
But this year’s plants are close
to six feet (180cms) across.
The flowers are white the first
night they are open and become pink on the second night. Each flower alone is
up to 40cm in diameter.
The lilies are native to the
Amazon Basin and are rarely seen at this size in our local climate, so it is
well worth a visit to the Garden to see this spectacular display.
But you have to be quick – they
die off in the cold weather so may only be around for the next few weeks.
Visitors can see them in the pond
in the Queensland section of the Botanic Garden.