The roasted seed is a coffee substitute.Seed - cooked. It contains about 47% starch.
Material usesThere are no material uses listed for Nymphaea alba.
The flowers are anaphrodisiac and sedative. They have a generally calming and sedative effect upon the nervous system, reputedly reducing the sex drive and making them useful in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety and similar disorders. A complete cure of uterine cancer by a decoction and uterine injection has been recorded.According to one report the plant is not used in modern herbal practice, though it has been quoted as a remedy for dysentery.
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.Division in May. Each portion must have at least one eye. Submerge in pots in shallow water until established.
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This species is hardy to about -20°c. There are two basic types of plant in this genus:-
'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. 'clumpers' have vertical roots and form slowly spreading clumps and produce offsets around the crown. These forms flower much more freely in Britain.A very ornamental plant. The flowers, which only open in bright sunshine, have a soft delicate scent.
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