Aquatic Plants: Yellow Lotus: Lutea Lotus

Aquatic Plants

Yellow Lotus

Lutea Lotus

The Lutea Lotus, also known as American Lotus, American Yellow Lotus, and the Water Chinaquin, produces vast numbers of larger, bright yellow blossoms. Each blossom measures up to 11 inches in diameter and has from 22 to 25 rich yellow petals with slightly lighter tips. These flowers reach several inches above the leaves and carry a slight fragrance. Lutea leaves can grow up to 18 inches in diameter and may grow up to 3 feet above the water. These leaves are large, green, and umbrella-shaped. Native to eastern and central United States, this is an extremely durable plant that can grow to be around 5 feet tall.

This is one of the larger Lotus plants and requires a fairly large  Koi pond, water garden or Large pot. This aquatic plant will do great in a containers 18″ in diameter or more. Remember to set all Lotus at the correct water depth.

Plant new tubers in pots and place in pond when water temperature has reached at least 55°F. If you have lotus that are already potted and have been wintered  inside, set them out on your porch in full sun. Keeping them there until the water in the pot is approximately 80°F will get them to bloom sooner. Wait until leaves have started to grow and the pond temperature is above 70°F before submerging the lotus pot in your pond. This prevents the pond  plant from going into shock.

If possible, do not allow water to sit on the surface of the leaves; this will create burns. After a rain shower, tip leaves to allow water to run off them.  Lotus leaves naturally repel water, but sometimes rain can puddle in the center. Lotus should be repotted every 3 to 5 years to maintain proper growth. The smaller the pot, the more often it will need to be repotted.

American lotus is a perennial plant that is often confused with water lilies. Leaves are simple, round, bluish-green in color, up to 2 feet in diameter,  attached to the stem in center (no slit like water lilies). Leaves are flat if floating or conical if emergent and can stand above the water’s surface as high as 3 1/2 feet on the rigid stem. Flowers are large (to 10 inches across) yellowish-white to yellow with more than 20 petals. The center of the flower, the seed structure, is cone-shaped (or like an inverted shower-head)  and has openings in which the seeds develop. Lotus can form large colonies and spreads by seeds and large fleshy rhizomes.

American Lotus, Lutea Lotus, Aquatic Lotus plant

American Lotus, Lutea Lotus, Aquatic Lotus plant

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Pond Supplies: Aquatic Plants: Yellow Lotus: Lutea Lotus
Source: Sunland Water Gardens
Author: Jacklyn Rodman
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