The Lovely Lotus

Check out these pictures to see just what a lotus can add to your pond!

The Lovely Lotus

I'm in love with the lotus. Is there any other aquatic plant as beautiful or graceful? It belongs to the genus Nelumbo and consists of only two species ... the yellow-flowered American lotus (Nelumbo lutea) and the pink Asiatic lotus (Nelumbo nucifera). These two species have been grown and bred for centuries, resulting in hundreds of hybrids that range in size and color.
In my mind ... this is what Heaven looks like.
The delicate intricacy blends the beauty of pink and yellow. {Dreamy Sigh}
The highly popular 'Momo Botan.' It's easy to see why this is the best-selling lotus in the US. It reminds me of a cabbage rose or peony.
A sea of waterlilies provides the perfect backdrop for this regal lotus.
The outer petals of the 'Shiroman' appear like tissue cradling the flower.
The 'Empress' aka Alba Striata, is white with light red streaks. Stunning!
Even the lotus pod has a beauty all its own.
The seeds can be stored and replanted. The immature seeds are considered a delicacy by the Cajuns of southern Louisiana and are delicious eaten raw.
Even the waxy leaves of this amazing plant are breathtaking.
Look how large some of the leaves get!
Even the undersides of the leaves are beautiful. Oh, to be a frog and enjoy this view every day!
A yellow-flowered American lotus provides a striking contrast against the deep green leaves.
Even the buds are beautiful. This plant captivates the heart and soul at every stage of growth.
You can grow these amazing beauties in a container ... so no need to fret if you don't have a water garden. A great book to help you get started is About the LotusI just potted my first lotus in a large aquatic container and placed it in a sunny location in my yard. I check on it daily! The first leaf is already 6-inches in diameter. I'm taking photos of its growth and will post them once it has a few blooms. Can't wait!
-Aquascape Your Landscape