Indian Lotus

Nelumbo nucifera

The Bean of India

The Indian lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is also known as the Sacred Lotus and the Bean of India. It is a valuable plant in Asia because of its edible roots and showy flowers. It is often planted in gardens as a perennial ornamental.

Long-lasting seeds

The seeds of the Indian Lotus can remain dormant for many years. In fact, the seeds of a 1300-year-old lotus seed was germinated from a dry lake bed in northeastern China. To germinate the seeds artificially the seed coat must be nicked and then allowed to absorb moisture.

National Flower

The Indian Lotus is the national flower of Indian and Vietnam.

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