Nuphar lutea ssp. variegata
Varigated yellow pond-lily, Spatterdock
USDA Symbol: NULUV
USDA Native Status:
A floating aquatic plant with yellow, cup-like flowers.
Flowers: 1 1/2-2 1/2 (3.8-6.3 cm) wide; corolla composed of 6 showy, petal-like sepals and numerous small, yellow, stamen-like petals; stamens numerous, in several rows; carpels numerous, unit
This is the most familiar yellow pond-lily in the Northeast. Common Spatterdock (N. lutea ssp. advena) is very similar, but its leaves are frequently raised above the water.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: CT , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , VT , WI
Canada: NL , NS , ON , PE
Native Distribution: Yukon south and east across Canada to Newfoundland, south to Maryland and Pennsylvania, west to Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas, and northwest to Idaho.
Native Habitat: Pond margins, quiet streams.
Bibliography* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Nuphar lutea ssp. variegata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Nuphar lutea ssp. variegata in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-04-20
Research By: TWC Staff