General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 3 - 6 feet
Plant Spread: 3 - 4 feet
Fruit: Showy
Other: 2 - 3 inch flat conical receptacle with imbedded nut like seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
White
Bloom Size: 6"-12"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Water gardens
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Roots
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Tea
Cooked
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: Above 55ºF

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Common names
  • Sacred Lotus
  • Bean of India
  • Egyptian Bean
  • Indian Lotus
  • Lotus

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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2011-06-29
Lotus X 2
Location: Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Washington DC
Date: 2018-07-12
Sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera). Known also as Indian Lotus, Bean

By Peripitus (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.ht
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-08-05
Believed to be the first time this has flowered so far north in t
Location: Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Washington DC
Date: 2018-07-12
Sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera). Known also as Indian Lotus, Bean
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2014-02-02
Location: 99 store 
Date: 2018-07-17
Fresh Rhizomes for sale

Photo credit: Hong Zhang
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-06
Location: Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Washington DC
Date: 2018-07-12
Sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera). Called Indian Lotus, Bean of Ind
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: 2018-07-17
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2022-06-08
Location: Ocean palace, Houston 
Date: 2018-07-09
Location: Houston 
Date: 2018-07-09
Location: Middle TN
Date: 2011-06-29
I purchased this as var. caspicum.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2015-02-07
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2022-10-21
Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) grow from supermarket lotus root.
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro
Date: 2010-01-17
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2013-05-15
Such a rare ocassion to see a bloom on my water lotus plants! But
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Date: 2012-07-22
Lotus
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Date: 2012-07-22
Location: Vladivostok, Primorsky Kraj, Russia
Date: 2010-08-27
Sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera). Known also as Indian Lotus, Bean
Photo by SongofJoy
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-08
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-08
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-08
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-27
SO CUTE SO ROUND SO HYDROPHOBIC!
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: May 2012
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2014-05-11
I grow 2 of these Lotus in medium sized water pots! They require
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL
Date: 2018-08-23
mass in a lake

Photo credit: Basile Morin
Location: Ueno Zoo, Tokyo, Japan
Date: 2011-08-05
Photo courtesy of: tmizo

Date: c. 1885
photograph from 'The Garden', 1885
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-08
Location: Copenhagen Botanical Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark.
credit: Prenn
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-09
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2022-08-26
Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) rhizome.
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: July 2012
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Date: 2012-07-22
Lotus Seed Head with seeds
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro
Date: 2010-01-17
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-02-02
"Hook" stage
Location: Parque do Museu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2015-02-07
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-03-04
First leaf to unroll
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: July 2012
bloom with bud behind it, leaves below.
Location: Orto Botanico di Cagliari - Sardinia
Date: 2017-09-10
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: June 5, 2023
Sacred lotus # 235 nn; RAB p. 452, 74-1-2; LHB p. 385, 66-4-1; AG

photo credit: H. Zell
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-02-01
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-02-01
These took 5 days to germinate
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-07-03
beauty and the beast
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Humber Nurseries  Ontario Canada
Date: 2017    summer
Nelumbo nucifera	  Blooms before flower opes
Photo by sedumzz
Location: The Botanical Garden of Helsinki University
Date: 2008-09-06
The picture was made at about 2 p.m. local time.
Location: The Botanical Garden of Helsinki University
Date: 2008-09-06
The pic was made on a sunny day at the begining of September.
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Date: 2012-07-22
Lotus
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro
Date: 2010-01-17
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro
Date: 2010-03-09
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2015-02-07
Location: Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 2014-12-12
Location: Denver Botanic Gardens
Date: 2020-07-08
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-03-06
Floater aka "coin" leaf
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-14
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-09
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-01-28
Scarified seeds soaking in water.
Location: February 2023 | Meadowlark Botanical Garden (VA)
Date: 2023-02-20
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-02-23
Folded leaf

Date: October
Photo: Joydeep / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0
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Comments:
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 17, 2016 11:01 PM concerning plant:
    National flower of India and Vietnam.
  • Posted by yurikashtanov (St.Petersburg, or Sochi, or North Smolensk reg., Russia; Los Frailes, Ecuador - Zone 10a) on Jan 12, 2013 11:25 AM concerning plant:
    The plant is native to Australasia.
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