This beautiful greenhouse was built in 1898 to duly present the Victoria regia (also Victoria amazonica), it was at this time the main attraction of the newly established Basel Botanical Garden. Find out more about the history of the garden on our history page
The impressive Amazon water lily forms leaves up to two metres in diameter. However, the somewhat small species Victoria cruziana is often cultivated. From May to September the large floating leaves literally dominate the heated middle basin in the greenhouse.
In addition to this "eyecatcher", the Victoria greenhouse also has an amazing abundance of tropical swamp and aquatic plants, such as mangroves, rice, swimming ferns, arum plants and many more.