Can you believe these spectacular lotuses are hardy in Chicago!


They have huge leaves (note the lily leaves at

left for comparison) and grow five to six feet

above the water.  When the petals fall, the

center remains to grow larger and turn into

a brown “cardboard” seed pod by end of season.

Large seeds develop and eventually fall out of

the spent pod, leaving the holes you see in

them as they are commonly used in fall

and winter floral arrangements.

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See how Ted & Mel made spectacular use of some of our lotus pods for the amazing Egyptian motif in their home

in this short slide show. Sadly, we lost Mel 3 weeks after I took his picture — before I could return for more photos.


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