Water lilies are perennial aquatic plants with dashing white flowers and large heart-shaped leaves which floats on the water surface. The strong rhizome is buried on the ground floor and the leaf-stems rises towards the surface with dark green leaves. The bowl-shaped inflorescence, which grows up to 20 cm in diameter, blooms from June to August.
Water lilies grow in all types of lakes, slow flowing rivers and bays. Prevalence area covers almost the entire globe.
Beautiful water lily flowers have been an inspiration to many artists and a part of many cultures. The scientific name for water lilies, Nymphaea, refers to the nymphs of Greek mythology. The flowers open at daylight and close at night and in the rain. Water lilies are poisonous, though they have been used as an herbal remedy for muscle aches and nutrition.
Water lilies provide platforms for resting cormorants living near watercourses, and the leaves are also home to a small beetle, the Galerucella nymphaeae. Semiaquatic rodent species Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) prefers a succulent rhizome of water lilies. Water lily is also used as a decorative plant for gardens.
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