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Fragrant Water Lily
A perennial with a very large rhizomatous root system and showy flowers.
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Slow-moving waters, ponds, and lakes as well as retention ponds and small backyard aqua-gardens.
Circular, with a distinct "pie slice" removed. Floating, and attached to stems under the water. Light to dark green on the top surfaces, and dark green on the underside. The venation is much more pronounced on the underside of leaves.
Conspicuous. Usually white and fragrant, but can also be pink to reddish in color. Float on the surface of the water, but are attached to the plant by long peduncles.
American lotus has a larger flower, and leaves lack the deep notch of water lily. Spatterdock has heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers that lack discernable petals. Other species of Nymphaea and various cultivars of N. odorata exist that have different flower colors and levels of invasiveness.
Aquatic Plants App
Whether you're a professional botanist or a casual nature enthusiast, the NC State University (NCSU) Aquatic Weeds app has detailed information on a wide variety of aquatic weeds to assist in identification.