The flower of the Victoria water lily can now be seen in the heated outdoor pond of the Hortus. Enthusiasts from all over the country come to the Hortus Amsterdam to enjoy the special inflorescence. Although some flowers can also be seen during the day (when it is cloudy), the lily is at its best in the evening, when it opens slowly. She spreads a wonderful pineapple-smelling scent.
The ‘queen of water lilies’ is known for her enormous leaves, about two meters in diameter. These are strong enough to support the weight of a young child. And her bloom is also unique, because Victoria’s are night bloomers. Each flower only shows itself for two nights; the first night she is white, the second night pink. Then she disappears under water again.
During the Hortus summer evenings (every week on Thursdays and Sundays), the garden is open until 9 p.m.: a rare opportunity to see the budding flower! The Hortus café and terrace are also open until 9 p.m.
Hortus Amsterdam, Plantage Middenlaan 2 A