Nelumbo nucifera – Lotus

A truly remarkable plant in many ways, the lotus is native to both northern Australia and many parts of Asia, well known as a sacred plant in India. It grows naturally in tropical and sub-tropical areas, in shallow water with full sun. A perennial growing from a rhizome, it bears spectacular large pink scented flowers in summer. The lotus plant holds its leaves above the water, rather than floating. Many parts of the plant are eaten and used medicinally, both in Asia and Australia.
Not tolerant of frost or drought, the lotus should be grown in a protected, sunny pond with plenty of organic matter.

Family:Nelumbonaceae
Scientific Name:Nelumbo nucifera
Common Name:Lotus
Plant Type:Aquatic, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.6 ~ 1 metre
Width:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Flower Colour:White, Pink
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy
Plant Environment:Flower garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical
Light:Sunny
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Boggy poorly drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Wow factor
Special Uses:Edible, Cut flower, Bog gardens, Decorative fruit, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Butterflies, Other insects

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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