American Lotus, Yellow Lotus: Nelumbo lutea
Flower and leaves of an American lotus.
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How to Cite

Orozco-Obando, Warner, and Lyn Gettys. 2014. “American Lotus, Yellow Lotus: Nelumbo Lutea: SS-AGR-375/AG380, 3/2014”. EDIS 2014 (4). Gainesville, FL.


American lotus is an ideal native plant for constructed or restored wetland areas, where it provides shelter, habitat, and food for wildlife. It is an herbaceous aquatic perennial native plant that tolerates a wide range of conditions. The fragrant yellow flowers, huge round leaves, and persistent seed pods borne on stiff stalks high above the water make it both distinctive and visually striking. Native American tribes treated the American lotus as a sacred plant with mystical powers, and many tribes ate the large rhizomes and used parts of the plant for medicinal purposes. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Warner Orozco-Obando and Lyn Gettys, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, March 2014.

SS-AGR-375/AG380: American Lotus, Yellow Lotus: Nelumbo lutea (
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