Nymphaea alba
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Nymphaea alba

Bun an Lilidh
white waterlily

  family nymphaeaceae 
  genus nymphaea 

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Genus  Nymphaea Species  alba Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Bun an Lilidh   white waterlily Family  NYMPHAEACEAE Specimen number  S8600 Data source  DyePl p62;DyePl p65;MedPl p238
Life cycle
Life form  Aquatic Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The rhizomes of Nymphaea alba as well as the roots have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Black is the most typical color produced by White waterlily. Nymphaea alba is known as Bun an Lilidh in Gaelic. Waterlily has been used in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland for dyeing. It is used in dyeing wool.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  astringent   antiseptic   irritable bowel relief   anaphrodisiac   sedative Medicinal parts  Rhizome   Flowers Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Nymphaea alba has herbal applications as an astringent, as an antiseptic, as an irritable bowel relief and as an anaphrodisiac. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. The rhizome and the flowers are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Rhizomes   Roots Dye color  black
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Nymphaea alba is considered to have originated from Scotland.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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