Leaves irregularly waved and toothed and pink to violet below. Flowers sky blue with 11-14 petals, opening in the morning to early afternoon, fragrant. It is unlikely that the species is grown in Australia at present and hybrid cultivars are most easily grown in our climate.
Tender Day Bloomer
Nymphaea gigantea Hook. grows in N Australia and New Guinea but will only succeed in a climate like that of Melbourne if grown in a large protected and heated tank.
S and E Asia
Source: (1997). Nymphaeaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press. (as Nymphaea stellata)