The water lily Nymphaea alba is the only native water lily in Britain. It can be found in large pools and slow moving rivers. The flowers which often appear two to four at a time, are white with yellow centres and reach 10 -13 cms across. The blooms are cuplike in shape when they first open and then become stellate (star shaped). The petals number from twelve to twenty-eight. The leaves are green on top and yellowish-green underneath. They are also tinged red on the margins. The flower has a slight fragrance on the first day only.
November 9th, 2023
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