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White Water Lily

Nymphaea alba

Plant Data

Order:
Nymphaeales
Family:
Nymphaeaceae (Water Lily)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
White floating flowers only opening when sunny. Yellow stamens. The largest flower in the UK with approximately 20 petals. Up to 20cm wide.
Fruit:
The fruits are green, fairly round and warty.
Leaves:
The floating, broadly oval leaf reaches a maximum of about 30cm in diameter. The leaves of White Water Lily are slightly smaller than that of Yellow Water Lily.
Maximum Size:
20cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The roots and the seeds can both be cooked and eaten. They are both very starchy.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Fragrant flowers.
Other Names:
Bobbins, Cambie Leaf, Can Dock, Common Water Lily, European White Lily, European White Water Lily, Flutterdock, Platter Dock, White Lotus, White Nenuphar, White Water Rose.
Habitats:
Ponds, water, wetland.