Yellow Water Lotus

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YELLOW WATER LOTUS
Yellow lotus, Yellow lotus lily, Pond nut Nelumbo lutea -Nelumbonaceae, Lotus Lily Family

DESCRIPTION: Aquatic flowering perennial herb
Height: Leaves floating or held high above the water, submerged rhizomes
Flowers: Pale yellow to yellow, 10 inches wide, late spring to summer
Fruit: Nut-like
Foliage: Circular, grayish-green above and green below, 12 to 24 inches wide, with stem attached to center of leaf
Growth rate: Fast

REQUIREMENTS:
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Mud
Drainage: Poor
Water: Flooded
Maintenance: Medium: can easily get out of bounds
Propagation: Seeds or root division

NATIVE HABITAT: Resaca, ponds, quiet streams, canals, ditches and swamps

WILDLIFE USE: The floating leaves and submerged stems give shelter and food for many wetland animals.

COMMENTS: This showy pond plant is very aggressive, best if planted in a stout container, without holes, to control it from taking over your pond.

 

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