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Lotus Lily

Nelumbo nucifera

Also known as

Sacred Lotus, Lotus Lelie (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

1m

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

Nelumbo nucifera is commonly known by the name Lotus, it is is the National flower of Japan and Vietnam. In the East it is a sacred plant and associated with purity, from mud these beautiful flowers bloom! It is believed that everywhere that Buddha walked, a lotus would grow. All bits of the plants are edible, use the leaves to wrap food in, pickle the roots or buy delicate lotus flower stamen tea! It is an aquatic perennial.

Common problems

Harvesting

Harvest the different parts as needed.

Propagation

Division

Handle with care, the rhizomes are fragile and resent disturbance. Plant just in soil, horizontally and submerge in water slightly until signs of growth are seen.

Seed

Sow in spring as the water warms up, use small containers and gradually increase submergence from around 2cm, in water, with increases plant size. Seed may need scarification prior to sowing

Special Features

Crop rotation

light Feeder

Wet sites

Uses

Culinary

Edible

Roots, Stems, Leaves and Flowers are edible,

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