Nuphar lutea

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Plant types and subtypes: Root Catalog

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: wet

Soil Description: clay, sand

Height: 6"-16"

Bloom Time: May, June, July, August, September, October

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Additional Tags: colonizing, edible, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, pond margin plant, water garden plant, submergent

Nuphar lutea (yellow pond-lily)
  • Nuphar lutea (yellow pond-lily)
  • Nuphar lutea (yellow pond-lily)
  • Nuphar lutea (yellow pond-lily)
  • Nuphar lutea (yellow pond-lily)

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Description

Nuphar lutea

Also known as:

yellow pond-lily

,

yellow cow lily

,

spatterdock

,

brandy bottle

,

bullhead lily

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Nuphar lutea is a floating aquatic species, with deep-green, leathery, heart-shaped leaves that are up to 16" across. The flowers are yellow, 2" across, very fragrant, and develop atop a singular stem that will rise up to 16" above the water's surface. The root system consists of thick, starchy rhizomes that anchor in the mucky bottom of lakes and ponds.

Cultivation

Yellow pond-lily is very easy to grow, and care-free. It establishes in still, or slow moving water to a depth of 3'. It is adapted to full-sun, and is more shade tolerant than water lilies (Nymphea spp.), making it quite versatile. It naturalizes readily, and spreads both vegetatively and by seed. When used in small water features where it could become aggressive, it is recommend to keep it containerarized. The blooming period is extensive, from late spring through early fall. Zones 4-10

Propagation

Easy to propagate by seed, or by root division.

Additional Notes

It earned the common name spatterdock, because the seed heads explode when ripe scattering the seeds far and wide. The starchy roots are edible, and were harvested by native Americans to consumed boiled, or roasted.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
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, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Nymphaeales
Family Nymphaeaceae Water-lily family
Genus Nuphar pond-lily
Species Nuphar lutea yellow pond-lily