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A large, showy, rooted perennial with striking white flowers.
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Prefers freshwater environments, often forming very large colonies.
Un-notched, large (12 to 30 in. diameter), and waxy (repel water). Some leaves float upon the water surface, and others stand slightly above it. All leaves are umbellate.
The flowers are large (>12 in.), white or light yellow, and borne on long terminal spikes. The round seeds are grey-brown and are found inside large brown pods.
Water lily has a deep notch in each leaf. Spatterdock is also similar, but has heart-shaped leaves.
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