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Nelumbo nucifera /Water Lotus

Nelumbo nucifera  / Nelumbo nucifera
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Close-up image of a bud

Fully open spectacular flower with immature lotus pod in center surrounded by stamens and petals



Opening bud

Foliage, flower and young seed pod

Nearly mature seed pod

Dried seed pod showing lose seeds and large lotus leaves

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Scientific Name: Nelumbo nucifera
Common Name: Water Lotus
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Pink
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Green, Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Wet
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: High
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This water lotus can be an extremely aggressive grower and its planting is prohibited in many place. It is used in water gardens and requires a large space. The only safe place to use them is in containers where the plant can not escape into natural bodies of water. Has large, beautiful pink flowers up to 8 inches across, followed by large seed heads with large hard seeds. These seed heads are used by commercial florist.