The White Water Lily is a perpetual plant that frequently forms dense colonies. The beautiful leaves arise on flexible stalks from large thick rhizomes. The leaves are more round than heart-shaped, and bright green, 6 to 12” inches in diameter with the slit about one third the length of the leaf. The flower leaves generally float on the water’s surface. The White Water Lily arises on separate stalks, have dazzling white petals 25 or more per flower with lovely yellow centers. The flowers may float or stick above the water and each opens in the morning and closes in the afternoon. The flowers are very aromatic and can spread from seeds or the rhizomes.

Submerged portions of all aquatic plants furnish habitats for several micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species i.e. amphibians, reptiles, ducks etc. After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi offers food also called “detritus” for several aquatic invertebrates. Deer, beaver, muskrat, nutria and other rodents will use up the leaves and rhizomes of white water lily, while the seeds are eaten by ducks.111 1115 1116

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