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Water Lily | Nymphaeaceae | Aquatic | Plants | Flowers | Garden

They are native to the temperate and tropical parts of the world.
Water Lily.
Most species of water lilies have rounded, variously notched, waxy-coated leaves on long stalks that contain many air spaces and float in quiet freshwater habitats. The stalks arise from thick, fleshy, creeping underwater stems that are buried in the mud.
Water lilies bloom year-round. But you have to be lucky to catch a water lily blooming; each individual flower lasts for about four days before sinking under the water to rot. Water lilies' beauty is short-lived, but that makes it even more special. Although most water lily species prefer the still waters of ponds and lakes, some can be found growing in slow-flowing rivers and creeks.

Water lilies actually grow in a rainbow of colors, including pink, red, orange, yellow, purple, and blue.

When you’re born on July.

July's Birth Flower is the Water Lily.
Water lily is your flower!

Although they're known for their stunning appearance, water lilies are actually important players in the aquatic ecosystem. These plants are found in shallow and still freshwater such as ponds, lakes, and the edges of slow-moving streams. Because they rest on top of the water's surface, the flowers and pads provide shade above the water, keeping it cooler and preventing algae that thrives in heat from growing in excess. Water lilies also help shelter fish swimming beneath them from the heat of the sun and predatory birds. Some flowers open only in the morning or in the evening to attract insect pollinators.

There Are Numerous Varieties of Water Lilies.
Each variety of these stunners. there are over 70 species is unique, whether it's the shape, size, color, fragrance, or blooming pattern. The largest variety of the water lily is fittingly called the giant water lily. Amazon water lily and the royal water lily. This massive, magnificent flower can grow to have a diameter of three to six feet wide and can support 66 pounds of weight; that's means a young child could perch on a giant water lily pad.