General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: In Water
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 1 to 3 feet
Leaves: Broadleaf
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Cut Flower
Edible Parts: Roots
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Tea
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Fe (Iron)
Mn (Manganese)
Zn (Zinc)
Cu (Copper)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Scarify seeds: File/Rub a small hole through the outer hard shell so that inner seed will be in direct contact with water during sprouting (2-4 days to sprout). Else it will take more than 10 days with a high rate of failure.
Needs specific temperature: Sprouting container (filled with water!) needs to be placed outdoor under the direct sun, preferably when ambient temperature is around 70 degrees or higher. The hotter, the quicker the sprouting it will be.
Days to germinate: With a combination of correct scarification and 70+ temperature, seeds sprout in 2-4 days, for both fresh (from last summer) & old (upto 8 yrs old) seeds.
Can handle transplanting
Seeds are hydrophilic
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: For division by tuber, a minimum of one (or ideally two) full tuber segment with two intact nodes at both ends of the tuber. New shoots and rhizomes come out only at the nodes, not from the tuber.
Pollinators: Beetles
Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Preferred depth: Tubers should have at least one foot of soil/substrate above them Else stems will not stand firm.
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant

Common names
  • Sacred Lotus
  • Lotus

Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On March 18, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
New leaves.
dragonfetti On February 25, 2015 Transplanted
Plant sprouted significantly; potted and placed in tub of water.
dragonfetti On February 19, 2015 Obtained plant
Received from Texas Water Lilies. Placed in water and put in greenhouse.
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