Nymphaea 'Maria', winner of the 2005 Hardy Waterlily Competition,
is one of the earliest cultivars by Andreas Protopapas. It was
one of his first attempts at hybridizing. Working with limited
water space, he made numerous crosses between a pink cultivar
and N. mexicana. He selected the deepest yellow from the
resultant crosses and named it N. 'Maria' after his daughter.
Although it has never been offered for commercial use, Andreas
sent two plants to the UK, one to Kew Gardens and the other to
the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley. Below is a picture
of the plant showing N. 'Maria' and the girl it was named
after, taken at Kew Gardens in the summer of 1997.