Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata
Nymphaea odorata Aiton ssp. odorata
American White Waterlily
Nymphaeaceae (Water-Lily Family)
Synonym(s): Castalia lekophylla, Castalia minor, Castalia odorata, Castalia reniformis, Nymphaea minor, Nymphaea odorata var. gigantea, Nymphaea odorata var. godfreyi, Nymphaea odorata var. minor, Nymphaea odorata var. rosea, Nymphaea odorata var. stenopetala, Nymphaea odorata var. villosa
USDA Symbol: NYODO
Submerged rootstock; edible young leaves, flowerheads and seeds.
In Egypt and on the West coast of Africa the seeds of waterlilies are ground into a rich flour.
You can eat the leaves as vine leaves.
PLANTING : place the water-lily in 0.5 to 1 meter of water right into the pond or into 30 cm deep containers that will be then placed into the pond (this will facilitate divisions later on and limit spreading). Each container should hold : 2/3 good soil, 1/3 compost, 1kg bone meal.
During the summer cut away old and dead leaves.
After a few years division might be needed if there are fewer flowers and smaller leaves. In the spring, dig out roots and cut away all the leaves, divide all the roots keeping at least one bud per portion. Sprinkle cut section with charcoal powder. Plant in a pot on the edge of the pond - submerge 1 to 2 cm and then deeper as the plant starts growing again. Then transfer to deeper water. (Fleurbec)
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Yellow
DistributionUSA: AK , AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Canada: MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Habitat: Swamp/Marsh,Bog/Fen,Fresh Water Aquatic
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Clay, Sand
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds, Bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-08-19
Research By: TWC Staff