N. ‘Detective Erika’ is a Nymphaea x Brachyceras hybrid, created in 2013. This hybrid is named after of one of my favorite novel characters. Detective Erika is different from most of the N x B waterlilies in the market; it may produce many huge purple flowers (over 20 cm/ 8 inches) simultaneously. Most importantly, this waterlily is totally hardy and is a vigorous grower and bloomer. It’s my honor that N. ‘Detective Erika’ won the Best New Waterlily 2016 and 1st Place Intersubgeneric Hybrid 2016, in the annual International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society New Waterlily competition.
Zijun Li – Hybridizer – Guangzhou, China