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Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa (American white waterlily)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa

Nymphaea odorata Aiton ssp. tuberosa (Paine) Wiersma & Hellquist

American White Waterlily, Mississippi Waterlily

Nymphaeaceae (Water-Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Castalia tuberosa, Nymphaea odorata var. maxima, Nymphaea tuberosa


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Leaves usually float on water surface. Submersed stem may be up to about 8 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Petals white, rarely pink. Stamens yellow.


USA: AR , CT , DE , IA , IL , IN , KS , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , VT , WI
Canada: MB , ON , QC
Native Habitat: Swamp/Marsh, Fresh Water Aquatic

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Aquatic: yes
Soil Description: Clay, Sand


Use Wildlife: Birds, Bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 26 - Minnesota Wildflowers: a field guide to the flora of Minnesota (2009)
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa


Record Modified: 2023-01-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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