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.
|Scientific Name:||Nelumbo nucifera|
|Plant Type:||Aquatic, Bulb or bulb-like|
|Height:||0.6 ~ 1 metre|
|Width:||1 ~ 1.5 metre|
|Flower Colour:||White, Pink|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Plant Environment:||Flower garden|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|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|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.