The new Tropical Wetlands house will open today. A new raised pool has been built to show off the Santa Cruz waterlily, Victoria cruziana, one of the rapidly-growing tropical lily species from the waterways of Argentina and Paraguay. The huge lily pads of Victoria cruziana take just 90 days from germination to the first giant leaf unfurling! Alex Summers, Glasshouse Supervisor, will be in the new Tropical Wetlands house all morning to answer your questions.
The team have also been propagating a wide range of colourful, rampant lianes, including some new and beautiful passionflowers, that will quickly clothe the interior and set a suitably tropical scene, as well as some tropical Nymphaea species with shockingly bright blue and pink flowers to float alongside the Victoria cruziana.