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NC Native Plant Society:
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Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

American Water-lily, White Waterlily

Scientific Name:

Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

Genus:

Nymphaea

Species Epithet:

odorata

Common Name:

American Water-lily, White Waterlily

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Nymphaeaceae (Water-Lily Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Aquatic

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Ponds, sluggish waters. Native to NC coastal plain but introduced elsewhere in the state.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure, S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure, G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

Global rank is G5T5- species and subspecific taxon are secure.

Garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata. You will likely hear them called American Water-lily, White Waterlily. This picture shows the  of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

Bettina Darveaux

Floating lily pads (leaves)

Macon County, NC

The Scientific Name is Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata. You will likely hear them called American Water-lily, White Waterlily. This picture shows the Floating lily pads (leaves) of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

Bettina Darveaux

Wet ditch roadside

Carteret County

The Scientific Name is Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata. You will likely hear them called American Water-lily, White Waterlily. This picture shows the Wet ditch roadside  of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

©Lynda Clay

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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