The giant waterlily Victoria amazonica is the jewel of the Hortus’ glasshouses. This remarkable plant flowers at night, usually in June, July or August.
The Victoria glasshouse since 1801
In the tropical glasshouses many shades of green and a variety of leaves form the backdrop for a diversity in flowers; orchids, exotic arums and the Victoria amazonica.
Victoria amazonica thrives in the Amazon river in Brazil, and was discovered there in 1801. On July eighth 1872 Victoria amazonica flowered for the first time in the Hortus botanicus Leiden.
The legend that Victoria amazonica only flowers once a year is not true. If all the requirements are met (temperature, light, humidity) the plant will form a new flower approximately every seventh or eighth night.