Botanical Garden has an unexpected event coming - the first flower of Santa Cruz waterlily in the tropical greenhouse.

Victoria cruziana is grown under glass as an annual in temperate regions. This year, for the first time in several years, our greenhouse gardeners have managed to hibernate the plant and in early March first buds are raising. With artificial lighting, optimum growth conditions have been achieved to ensure that the plant is not only over-wintering, but will bloom also.

Victoria cruziana is among the largest aquatic plants in the world. The leaf can reach up to 2 m wide. Santa Cruz waterlily is native to subtropical South America, where it is found in Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia.