|White lotus flower|
|Pink lotus flower|
The "lilipads" that we watched grow all spring were actually lotus, which produces "lotus root" which is used in lots of Asian cooking. Water lilies are actually a completely different plant, easily distinguished by the seeds in the center of the plants. (I apologize I could not get a photo above the flowers as the plants were so tall and planted in about a foot of water.) I also did not know that these plants grew so high out of the water. They are not the surface-floating plants many of us imagine when we think of water gardens.
Here you see how big the plants actually grow...
|Very first lotus blooms|
It will be sad to see them go, though we will enjoy the roots in some Japanese meals.