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Yellow Pond Lily or Spatterdock

Yellow Pond Lily or Spatterdock  (Nymphaeaceae)

This lily too was a source of food and medicine for the Native Americans. These flowers are reported to have a brandy like scent. Native Americans consumed the starchy rootstocks as boiled or roasted vegetables and harvested the seed for grinding into flour

The roots are anaphrodisiac, anodyne, antiscrofulatic, astringent, cardiotonic, demulcent and sedative. Caution should be exercised because large doses are potentially toxic.

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Wonderful ! Amazing to think that a little flower can have so many uses :-)

28 Oct, 2009


These grow in the wild as far North as the 45th parallel...not as beautiful as some water plants but very useful.

6 Nov, 2009


This yellow water lily looks like the one that grows in the river here. It flowers at the end of June & carries on through July.

8 Nov, 2009

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