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 Uses:Edible, Cut flower, Bog gardens, Decorative fruit, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Butterflies, Other insects



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants