Nymphaea odorata

Common Names: Fragrant water-lily, American white waterlily, beaver root, fragrant white water lily, white water lily, sweet-scented white water lily, sweet-scented water lily
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Water lilies

This plant is rooted from a branched rhizomes which gives rise to long petioles which terminate in smooth floating leaves. Since the leaves are subject to tearing by water and waves, they are round with a waxy upper coating that is water-repellent. The flowers also float. They are radially symmetric with prominent yellow stamens and many white petals. The flowers open each day and close again each night and are very fragrant. Once the flowers are pollinated, the developing fruit is pulled back under water for maturation.

It is cultivated in aquatic gardens as an ornamental plant. It can commonly be found in shallow lakes, ponds, and permanent slow moving waters.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
Edible Notes: The seeds, leaves, flowers and rhizomes can all be eaten.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.