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Plants of the UNF Campus

Nuphar advena - Spatterdock
Family Nymphaceae


About ten species of Nuphar are native to North America, Europe and Asia. These plants are related to waterlilies. Like waterlilies, they have rounded leaves that float on the surface of ponds and slow moving waterways. The yellow flowers have cup-shaped petals that do not open fully like the flower of a waterlily. It is reported that the bitter rhizome and seeds have been used as foods and medicines for a variety of ailments. 


Plants can be seen at Lake Oneida and in some of the retention ponds.


Herbaceous plant with leaves that float on the water’s surface.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: this is an aquatic plant that requires about twenty inches of water

Soil: very adaptable

This native plant is easy to maintain in sunny ponds with adequate depth.