Plant types and subtypes: Root Catalog
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: high
Soil Moisture: wet
Soil Description: clay, sand
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
Pricing & Availability
Nuphar luteaAlso known as:
yellow cow lily,
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.
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
Easy to propagate by seed, or by root division.
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
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
|Species||Nuphar lutea||yellow pond-lily|