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These are aquatic plants and are tender as well as hardy plants. These plants are perennial. The leaves of these plants have long petioles and grow from rhizomes. Most of these plants are seen floating on water surfaces. All the flowers either immersed or floating are of diameters from six to eleven centimetres. These plants are widely known as water lilies. The flowers bloom on the surface of the water and open either during the night or during the day.
The scientific name of this plant is Nymphaea Mexicana. The plant belongs to the family of Nymphaeaceae. Sometimes these herbs are found with stolons. Many of the species shows protogynous flowering. The plant has a berry-like fruit and is borne on peduncles of coiling or curving shape. These plants are mostly pollinated with the help of the insects and thus are called entomophilous.
It is very easy to grow these plants.
If grown in the zones from 9 to 10 these plants must need a dormant period of coldness otherwise the plants will not grow.
After the rain is over let the soil dry out before planting these plants as trapped water can decay the bulb of these plants.
Watering must be done at a medium rate on an average.
However, when the plant is growing it must be watered freely and especially when the rainfall becomes lesser in a week.
Well-drained clay soil is what most suitable for the growth of these plants.
The plants can grow either in partial shade or full shade and prefers temperature of ranging from seventy degrees Fahrenheit to ninety degrees Fahrenheit.
The yellow coloured flowers bloom during the month of April.
These plants grow up to a height from 0.25 feet to 0.50 feet.
Mulching needs to be done to keep the roots of these plants cool while it must help in retaining the moisture but not let the soil become wet.
Fertilization with high-potassium liquid once within two weeks is helpful for the plant's growth and it must be carried on from an early period of spring to six weeks after the appearance of flowers.
These plants are mainly used for ornamental purposes and are mostly planted in parks and gardens.