Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Water Lily

Nymphaea odorata
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest:
Main Color: White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 4
Hardy To Zone: 9
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Wet, Aquatic
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

1 to
inches

Spread:

6 to
9
feet
Size
Height: 1 to
inches
Spread: 6 to
9
feet
Size
Height: 1 to
inches
Spread: 6 to
9
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Use in medium to large ponds.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Plant in water up to 5 ft. deep.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

This hardy water plant has white fragrant flowers with yellow centers which grow 6 to 12 in. across. Flowers are only open during daylight hours. Round emerald green leaves float at water level. Waterfowl and a number of mammals eat various parts of the plant and the leaves provide good cover for fish. Grass carp eat it.

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