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Lotus

Nelumbo spp.

Also known as

Sacred Bean, Sacred Lotus, Lotus Flower, Lotus Plant

Lotus Nelumbo nucifera Flower 3264px by Ram-Man (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Full Sun
Frequent watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Lotus Overview

    Nelumbo is a small genus comprising only 2 extant species of aquatic rhizomatous perennial flowering plants commonly known as Lotus Plants, in the Nelumbonaceae family. One of the living species, Nelumbo nucifera, is native to Asia where it is cultivated for its large showy flowers. The other, Nelumbo lutea, is native to North America and the Caribbean. They resemble waterlilies, the Nymphaeaceae genus, but are only distantly related. They have long-stalked, rounded floating leaves and striking cup-shaped flowers followed by conical seed pods. In cool climates they can be grown in indoor pools.

    Common problems with Lotus

    How to propagate Lotus

    Division

    Propagate by seed in spring and selected forms by division in spring.

    Seed

    Other uses of Lotus

    Grown for their foliage and flowers.