Lily – Yellow Water

Nuphar variegatum

Family Water-Lily (Nymphaeaceae)
Bloom Summer, fall
Habitat Ponds, lakes
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height Aquatic
Flower Floating, cup-shaped yellow flowers 3-5″ wide made of 4 large yellow petals. The flowers stand up to several inches above the water surface.
Leaf Round or heart-shaped, deeply notched, toothless, floating shiny green leaves 3-8″ wide.
Notes Stems and leaves have air channels that trap air to keep the plant afloat. Flowers usually open only on sunny afternoons.


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