Nymphaea “Almost Black“ Hardy from zone 4-11. Plant Size: Medium-large. Bred by Perry Slocum 1993, flower has very dark almost black center and outer petals are dark red. 5“- 8“ across. Has a spread of 4'- 8', marliac root system. Leaves are dark green and are very sturdy. Will grow in 6“ to 2' of water. Best to grow in 1.5' of water. If you are wanting a deep red waterlily well this is the one. I have never seen anything even close to it. Good bloomer and grows well. Good for container or earthen pond. Will gradually spread. Full sun.