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Nymphaea Caerulea, Hybrid Lotus (Blue) - Plant

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Note: The image is for reference purpose. Actual plant height will be 0.5 to 3ft.
This plant is a perennial native of Africa with round, floating leaves and blue flowers that bloom in late summer.
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Nymphaea caerulea, commonly known as blue lotus or sacred blue lily of the Nile, is a tropical water lily that features day-blooming, star-shaped flowers (to 4-6” across), each with upright, pointed, light blue petals spread flat on the water surface. Each leaf is connected directly to the plant rhizomes by a long leaf stalk (petiole). Flowers typically bloom from July to the end of summer.

Common name: Blue lotus, sacred blue lily.
Color: Blue.
Bloom time: July to September
Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feet.
Difficulty level: Medium.

Planting & Care
This tropical water lily is best grown in still water in full sun to part shade. Plant rhizomes in spring, preferably in small containers. Plant each rhizome at a 45 degree angle with the bud end up and with the bud slightly above the soil surface. Set containers in 9-16” of water (after the water temperature has warmed to about 70 degrees F.) at the bottom of a water garden or tub garden or at the muddy bottom of a small pond.

Sunlight: Full sun.

Soil: Rich clay soil mix.

Water: Wet.

Temprature: 70 degrees F.

Fertilizer: These plants are heavy feeders and will not bloom without lots of fertilizer, so fertilize regularly.

Care:

  • For overwintering, bring each container indoors before the first fall frost to a cool dark place, dry over several weeks, find the dormant rhizome in the container and wash it off, place the rhizomes in slightly damp sand or peat in a plastic container, cover the container with a lid (perforated with holes) and keep the container in a cool (about 50-60 degrees F) and dark place for winter (e.
  • g.
  • basement), checking periodically to make sure the sand does not totally dry out.
  • In spring, dust rhizomes with fungicide/bactericide, return them to containers and plant under water as soon as water temperatures return to 70 degrees F.
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Use
Culinary use:

 

  • blue lotus flowers are used to make various concoctions including blue lotus tea, wine and martinis.
  • Recipes for such drinks involve steeping or soaking the petals, about 10–20 grams for up to three weeks.
  • Blue lotus tea is prepared by boiling the entire flowers for 10–20 minutes.


Ornamental use:

 

 

  • Water Plant, Rain Garden.

 


Reference:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=282908&isprofile=1&gen=Nymphaea http://www.alchemy-works.com/info_blue_lotus.html

 

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