Brandy Bottle

Nuphar luteum
Latin Name: Nuphar luteum
Moisture/Zone: Zone 4
Flower Colour: Yellow
Growth Speed: Medium
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green
Position: Fullsun or shade

This native deep water plant plant is sometimes referred to as the 'Yellow pond lily', but it is not a true water lily.  The common name, Brandy bottle, refers to the strong alcaholic smell of the flowers. Flowers are yellow and held above the water; the large floating leaves are bright green, providing shade for the pond and habitat for pond creatures. The nuphars are more adaptable than true water lilies; they will grow in sun or shaded situations and thrive in still or running water. They can be planted up to 2.5 metres deep. Best planted in a large planting basket and cut back every couple of years as they can spread if not controlled.