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Plant Search > American Lotus

American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea)

About American Lotus

American Lotus is a Herb. Herbs are broad-leaved, herbaceous (non-woody) plant. Herbaceous plants are also known as forbs or wildflowers

Plant Names (Nomenclature)

Common Plant Name American Lotus
Scientific Plant Name Nelumbo lutea
Other Common Names
Other Scientific Names
Common Family Name Indian Lotus
Scientific Family Name Nelumbonaceae

Origin

Native Status Kansas Native Native Species: Native to Kansas and the United States

Growth Characteristics

Growth Habit/Form Herb Herbs are broad-leaved, herbaceous (non-woody) plant. Herbaceous plants are also known as forbs or wildflowers
Life Span Perennial Perennials are herbaceous plants that live three or more years
Maximum Height 3.0 feet height in feet
Maximum Spread 3.0 feet width in feet
Flower Color Yellow, colors of the flowers
Flowering Season June - August typical months to expect blooms
Reproduction Vegetative methods of reproduction

Growth Requirements

Sun Exposure Full Sun Full Sun: direct sun 8 or more hours of the day
Part Sun: direct sun 4 to 8 hours of the day; about half a day of sun
Shade: direct sun 0 to 4 hours of the day
Soil Moisture Wet to Wet Wet: Soil is soggy or marshy
Moist: Soil tends to stay moist and rarely dries out
Medium: Average soil moisture, little or now slope
Drained: Soil is well drained, never soggy; medium slope
Dry: Soil is dry, often typical of rocky soil; steep slope

Images

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