Nelumbo lutea

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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Lotus-lily, Yellow Lotus, American Lotus


Plant Specifics

Size: ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Brown,black
Phenology:Winter dormant
Habitats:Ponds, lakes, rivers still or slow moving water in areas not subject to substantial wave action.


Recommended Uses:Water plant.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic (always flooded) ----- to ----- Aquatic
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Pond, lake, or stream bottom



The seeds of this wildflower are consumed by the Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, and probably other waterfowl. (Illinois Wildfllowers).  Beaver (and likely other wetland mammals) will consume seeds and veegetative parts of the plant.

The flowers are cross-pollinated by bees which collect pollen for their larvae.  Two bee species  that occur in Florida Lasioglossum nelumbonis and and Hylaeus nelumbonis, specialize in the pollen of the American lotus. Other visitors include flower flies (Syrphidae), shore flies (Ephydridae), and miscellaneous beetles. This latter group of floral visitors feed on pollen.  (Illinois Wildfllowers).