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.

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
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Boggy poorly drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Wow factor
Special Features:Edible, Cut flower, Bog gardens, Decorative fruit, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Butterflies, Other insects

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Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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