Pink Water Lilies
There are two types of pink water lilies. Ones that have a uniform pink color throughout the flower and ones that are more of a pink and white bicolor. Lilies with a uniform pink color range from a very pale or shell pink to a very deep or hot pink color. Many of the pink and white bicolor lilies come close to being red and white bicolor lilies (come to think of it, it's really more that many red and white bicolor lilies aren't really that red and are closer to a magenta pink color). Thus there's probably a greater diversity of pink lilies than any other color.
A large-flowered pink and white bicolor with a star-shaped form. That form isn't unique, but it is uncommon and it has kept 'Amabalis' in my collection despite its infrequent flowering. That and the fact that my mother once mentioned that it was one her favorite lilies.
I tend to stay away from lilies with odorata rhizomes. They simply require too frequent repotting when grown in pots which is how I grow most of my lilies. And they tend not to flower well unless allowed to naturalize. I wanted to try this variety though because of its unique form. The form is indeed unique - perhaps no lily other than 'Hidden Violet' has such long, narrow petals. So far, as I expected, it hasn't produced many flowers, but this picture was taken in it's second season with me and I need to give it a little more time before making a final pronouncement.
A nice enough lily but it's very similar to 'Pink Beauty' and it doesn't flower as well as that variety. I've removed it from my collection.
A pale pink bicolor that deepens slightly as it ages. It doesn't have the flower power of 'Fabiola' but it's a classier flower with beautiful color and great, multipetal form. I think I prefer it over 'Madame Wilfron Gonnere' from which Perry Slocum thinks it's derived, though both are simply amongst the most beautiful of pink water lilies.
Is this the most prolific flowerer amongst the hardy lilies? Perhaps. This is not a staged picture. This is one plant growing in a 6-gallon container placed in a 15-gallon stock tub - rarely does a lily produce even 3 flowers under these conditions. Not only are there 6 flowers open, there are two more flower buds coming along. The flower is a pale pink bicolor that ages to a slightly deeper pink. The form is a bit loose and floppy, not its most appealing trait, but for sheer flower power 'Fabiola' is tough to beat.