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2 pink and 1 white lotus flowers and water Lilys with the Conservatory in the background

Water Lilies and Lotuses

Water Lilies and Lotuses
Mid-July to mid-September — Actual bloom time may vary

When the heat is on, these plants of myth and legend bring their magic to the Conservatory courtyard pools.

People have long appreciated the beauty and resilience of aquatic plants. The sacred lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, symbolizes eternal life in Buddhism. Preserved petals of water lilies have been found in 3,000-year-old Egyptian tombs. When the heat is on, these plants of myth and legend bring their magic to the Conservatory courtyard pools. Water lilies and lotus in brilliant yellow, pink, purple, and even blue float serenely next to waving grasses and reeds. Dominating the tropical pool is the Victoria amazonica, the world’s largest water lily, whose leaves can span seven-feet across.