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Nelumbo nucifera

Nelumbo nucifera
water lotus; sacred lotus

Common name water lotus; sacred lotus
Family nelumbonaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4b-11)
Flowers pink (summer)
Light sun
Cultural notes submerge to 6' deep; prefers a location sheltered from wind and waves

Our own lotus at last. An unnamed variety with nice bluish leaves. It was supposed to be a dwarf with pink-and-yellow flowers. To my eyes, the flowers are more of a white with blush on the buds/reverses, the only yellow being the tuft of stamens at the center. But in any case, they are quite beautiful, albeit short-lived. Of course they keep the show going with their seedboxes after the flowers fade, just to keep things interesting.

Nelumbo nucifera
water lotus; sacred lotus
Ripening seed pod
Nelumbo nucifera
Mom, this is my new boyfriend. I know he looks kind of awkward, but he's a real sweetheart

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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