Yellow Lotus Plant - Nuphar lutea
Yellow lotus plant is also known as the pond lily is a water lily that can be found in lakes, ponds, and streams around the country. This aquatic perennial, also known as Spatterdock, has thick, round or heart-shaped leaves. The large leaves can reach 12 inches in width and are attached to a long stem. This stem, which can range in height from between 15 centimeters and 60 centimeters, reaches through the water and grounds itself into the mud below. Spongy rhizomes anchor the plants securely. Leaves with wavy edges float on the surface of the water and can cover one to two meters, except when water levels fall. At that point, leaves will be growing above the water. The yellow pond lily features beautiful yellow flowers that grow on stalks separate from the leaf stems. Scented and pollinated by flies, these flowers are cup-shaped and have thick, scale-like petals and many stamen and stigmas. Flowers bloom between May and October, opening with the sun and closing with the moon each day. Pod-shaped fruits that contain many seeds for reproduction burst open later in the season, spreading seeds over the water. Homeowners who are looking for a unique and beautiful plant will be pleased with the yellow pond lily. It grows quickly in zones three to 11 and prefers a neutral soil acidity and direct sunlight. Large colonies of yellow pond lilies provide food and shelter for fish, frogs and underwater insects. Land insects such as bees and dragonflies enjoy perching on the floating leaves, and the foliage feeds many animals including geese, ducks and beavers. The beautiful flowers and leaves can be a showy and sweet-smelling addition to any landscape. The seeds can be popped like popcorn for an unusual garden snack. Homeowners enjoy using the yellow pond lily as an ornamental planting in water gardens and home-based ponds.