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.
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
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