My Bantam Lake

White Water Lily

Written on 06/18/2018


Nymphaea odorata

White water-lily is a native plant species to Connecticut. A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular habitat, ecosystem or region without human introduction. It is well adapted to that region’s soil, moisture and weather conditions. It is found in slightly acidic to basic water of lakes, slow-moving streams, and pools Though it normally has seven or more white petals, plants with pink petals are occasionally found. The leaves and roots were used by Native Americans for a variety of medical purposes. The leaves have long stems and are bright green above and reddish or purplish underneath, almost round. They are narrowly and deeply cut almost to the center, where the stem is attached. They are up to 10 inches across, floating on the surface of the water or just beneath. There is 1 flower to a stem, white, fragrant, 2-6 inches across, and floating on the water. Flowers open in the early morning and close about noon.

 

Sources:

Plant Native Species, Connecticut, National Audubon Society http://ct.audubon.org/plant-native-species-0

Nymphaea odorata, Plant Database, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, The University of Texas at Austin https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=nyod