Tiger Lotus Red (Nymphaea zenkeri)

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About This Product

A beautiful African Lotus plant, brilliant red colors with spots. The leaves will start out low and some runners may extend with some leaves floating on the surface. Medium hardy plant. Keeping the long runners pruned encourages bottom growth.
We import these from Guinea, West Africa...these are absolutely gorgeous specimens...this is one of the most beautiful plants you will ever see...no disappointments...guaranteed!!!
Note: Your plant may either arrive as an infant plant or a sprouted bulb. (early growth bulbs are less likely to be damaged during shipping)
  • Common Name: Red Tiger Lotus
  • Family Name: Nymphaeaceae
  • Native To: Africa
  • Lighting: Medium
  • pH: 5-8
  • Growth Demands: Moderate
  • Growth Form: Rosette
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • True Aquatic: Yes
  • Placement In Tank: Background
  • Available As: Bare Root

Customer Reviews

  • 5
    Wonderful Addition

    Posted by michael on Aug 11th 2017

    Bulbs arrived with enough growth to be able to determine top & bottom. Planted in 22" tall tank in a fairly well lit location. They took off! Big leaves - some almost 6" in diameter. Dark purple color. They remind me of Beefheart Begonia leaves. Have not yet had one try to send a leaf to the surface, but then I do trim the taller ones. Most leaves are on stems about 8"-10" and they make a "shady" area underneath. I am considering putting some crypts and anubias under them.

  • 5
    So happy...

    Posted by Amy L. on Nov 16th 2016

    I am thrilled with my tiger lotus! I had forgotten I had ordered it--when it came it looked like a rock with a few wisps of roots coming off it, and I had no idea what it was. After a few days it already had pretty pink leaves unfolding, and now after just a few weeks it is thriving, already putting out a runner with a daughter that has 5 leaves of her own. The larger leaves are starting to take on that spotted look that had attracted me initially. It was the perfect plant to add a bit of color to my tank, and I am so happy with it!

  • 2
    this plant is beautiful

    Posted by Michael Robinson on Jun 5th 2016

    I bought 2 of these plants, they are beautiful plants. They arrive as a bulb, a little marble. I just laid them on the gravel and in time they sprouted and grew into the most beautiful plant in the aquarium. Unfortunately, they have diminished in size, they are very small yet still alive.

  • 5
    An amazing plant to watch

    Posted by John Whittaker on May 30th 2015

    It comes as a little ball of dirt about the size of a marble with a couple of tiny leaves. The reddish leaves will grow, then one at a time a stalk will grow that takes one leaf at a time up to the surface. My aquarium is 31" deep and the stalk would take it from the bottom to the surface in 48 hours, then another leaf would grow. Really entertaining, amazing to watch, the leaf rises shaped aerodynamically to minimize drag. Try one, nourish, and prepare to be amazed.

  • 5
    Bloomed like a champ

    Posted by Amandine on Apr 13th 2015

    I received 2 bulbs. Each had a couple of stems, but I wasn't sure which way to plant them. I planted one with the stems up and the other with the stems down. After a week, the ones with the stems up died. I moved it upside down but it never took. However, the second one bloomed like crazy! I placed it in the center of the center of the tank and it is now the "main piece". A beautiful plant! Right now, leaves grow red but turn green after a couple of days. I am getting some Iron in the hopes to have the plant turn back to red. All in all, it grows very fast and is a great addition to the tank (fish love swimming through it too).

  • 5
    Crayfish loved it!

    Posted by Kelly Davison on Mar 13th 2015

    I received a huge bulb with sprouts or roots. Wasn't sure what was up or down, so I just set it in the tank to let it decide. My blue crayfish came out grabbed it and took it into his lair and ate all the sprouts! I retrieved it and planted it so now it's a wait n see. 3 stars cause I couldn't find out how to plant it anywhere Update: Wow absolutely gorgeous! Wish I had room for more.Taken off like a champ. Crayfish leaves it alone now...YAY!

  • 3
    It's ok.

    Posted by HP on Jan 17th 2015

    Received 2 large bulbs with some thing sticking out and not sure it's a leaf or roots system. Item product title easy misleading buyer if they are not aware getting a bulb instead thinking they are getting a plant in sale display product.

  • 4
    Okay I guess...

    Posted by Stacey on Aug 23rd 2014

    I received a large bulb with three tiny leaves. I REALLY can't wait for it to grow.

  • 5
    Amazing Plant

    Posted by Alex Anderson on May 30th 2014

    I received a bulb with one stem on it when I planted it just over 2 weeks ago. Now it has about 6 red leaves and really started to take off. Looking forward to see it grow to the surface and bloom a flower. My RCS also enjoy sitting on the new leaves :)

  • 5
    Very pleased!

    Posted by Trevor Nightingale on Apr 23rd 2014

    My Red Tiger Lotus showed up in bulb form. After planting, per instructions, and giving proper care for a week or so the bulb sprouted wonderfully. Now, six months later the plant is thriving and is a beautifully dominant specimen in my planted wild-discus tank. I plan to buy more soon!

  • 5
    modest beginning

    Posted by David LeBlanc on Feb 18th 2014

    Started out as a bulb with a couple weak leaves. Shipping in the dead of winter probably didn't help. Thought it was DOA, planted it just to see. It is now the most gorgeous plant in either of our tanks! Huge, brilliant leaves.

  • 5
    huge great plant

    Posted by Erik Hoskinson on Feb 10th 2014

    My bulbs grew very fast, leaves are near 10 inches long and 5 inches wide, the runners are closing on to of 28 inch deep water. I've only had these bulbs 2 months.