Nelumbo lutea

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lotus-lily, yellow lotus, American lotus

Nelumbonaceae


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Plant Specifics

Form: aquatic
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      brown,black
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Water plant.
Considerations: Can be aggressive. This is not a plant for small places.
Propagation: Division of tubers or seed. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, organic material (muck)

Ecology

Native Habitats: Ponds, lakes, rivers still or slow moving water in areas not subject to substantial wave action.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A

Other

Ethnobotany: Tubers were eaten by Indians (said to be similar to sweet potato) and leaves were eaten as greens (said to be similar to spinach). Dried fruits used as decoration in dried arrangements.