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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Flower buds - cooked as a vegetable or pickled[1][2][3][4].

Young flowers - raw[1]. Leaves - raw or cooked[5]. Used in soups and stews[1][3][4]. Root[2][4]. Boiled or roasted[5].

Ripe seed - cooked or ground into a meal[5].

Flowers

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Nymphaea odorata.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The root is alterative, anodyne, antiseptic, astringent and demulcent[6][7][8][9]. A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of TB, chronic bronchial complaints, diarrhoea, dysentery, gastrointestinal inflammation, gonorrhoea, vaginal discharge, inflamed glands, mouth sores and to stop bleeding[10][9].

A poultice made from the roots is used in the treatment of swellings, boils, tumours, inflamed skin, vaginitis etc[10][9]. The roots are harvested in the autumn once the plant has died down, and are dried for later use[9].

A complete cure of uterine cancer by a decoction and uterine injection has been recorded[6].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse in pots submerged under 25mm of water. Prick out into individual pots as soon as the first true leaf appears and grow them on in water in a greenhouse for at least two years before planting them out in late spring.

The seed is collected by wrapping the developing seed head in a muslin bag to avoid the seed being lost. Harvest it 10 days after it sinks below the soil surface or as soon as it reappears[11].

Division in May. Each portion must have at least one eye. Submerge in pots in shallow water until established[12].

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Cultivation

A water plant requiring a rich soil and a sunny position in still or slowly flowing water that is at least 30cm deep[1][11][9]. An over-rich soil, or growing the plant in water that is too deep, inhibits flowering[9]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[11].

There are two basic types of plant in this genus (this species is a crawler):-

         'crawlers' are species with horizontal roots that often spread freely, with new plants being formed at intervals along the root. These species are useful for naturalising, but they do not flower very freely in the cool summers of Britain[13].
         'clumpers' have vertical roots, they form slowly spreading clumps and produce offsets around the crown. These forms flower much more freely in Britain[13].
A very ornamental plant[14], the sweetly fragrant flowers are 12cm in diameter[10]. The flowers open in the morning, when they are at their most fragrant, and close in the afternoon[15].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Nymphaea odorata. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Nymphaea odorata.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Nymphaea odorata
Genus
Nymphaea
Family
Nymphaeaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
aquatic
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    x 1 meters
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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