Nymphaea odorata
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Nymphaea odorata

water lily
pond lily

  family nymphaeaceae 
  genus nymphaea 

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Genus  Nymphaea Species  odorata Variety  Cultivar  Common names  water lily   pond lily Family  NYMPHAEACEAE Specimen number  S11238 Data source  HtZn p146;MedPl p238
Life cycle
Life form  Aquatic Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2" - 4" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Wet Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 02a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Nymphaea odorata can survive the coldest of winter climates with annual temperatures as low as -50� Fahrenheit. Water lily (also known as pond lily) needs summer days with high heat. This plant does best in full sun. It needs soil that is wet.
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 odorata has numerous traditional medicinal uses. Some of its many uses are: as an astringent, as an antiseptic, as an irritable bowel relief and as an anaphrodisiac. More uses are listed in the medicinal properties section. The rhizome and the flowers are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  sweetly fragrant flowers Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
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 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Nymphaea odorata is a perennial. Leaves: Water lily (locally known in some parts as pond lily) has flat circular leaves with red undersides that float on the water surface. Flowers: This plant has short lived flower blossoms that close at night and open in the daytime. Flowers appear in July and August. Typically the blossoms are either white or pink.

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