Lotus Lily

Nelumbo nucifera

Sacred Lotus, Lotus Lelie (Afr.)

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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.

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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

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

Special features

Origin

East

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Wet

Soil type

Water

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

Roots, Stems, Leaves and Flowers are edible,

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Nelumbonaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

None