Fresh and Bright

Pamela Phelps

Phillipsport, United States

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“Those virgin lilies, all the night
Bathing their beauties in the lake,
That they may rise more fresh and bright,
When their beloved sun’s awake.”
~Moore—Lalla Rookh

Photographed in Denning, New York, USA

Also known as the Fragrant Water-lily, this wildflower is in the Nymphaeaceae family.

This aquatic plant has very fragrant, floating, diurnal flowers, white or pink and flat, round, floating leaves.
It is a native aquatic perennial herb; forming dense patches from fleshy rhizomes; variable.
Height: aquatic
Leaf: usually floating or barely submerged, opposite, circular or oval, deeply notched to center, glossy green on top, red-purple and veiny underneath, 4-16 in (10-40 cm) diameter or more; on long round stalk, hollow with 4 channels, attached to center notch.
Flowers are a fragrant bowl, white to pink, 2.5-7.5 in (6-19 cm) wide; with 14-43 narrow, pointed petals in several rows, 35-120 yellow stamens; usually floating, solitary, on long stalk; opening in early morning, closing by midday.
Fruit: spongy oval berry, 1 in (2.5 cm) long, held underwater on coiled stalk.
Flower June to October.
Flower June – September
Habitat Still, fresh water less than 7 ft (2 m) deep; often cultivated as an ornamental.
Range Native to the eastern U.S., now naturalized throughout North America, except for northern Canada, Alberta, North Dakota and Wyoming.

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