Yellow Water Lily
March 10, 2016
(Nuphar variegata) also known as spatterdock is a perennial herb that produces yellow, rounded flowers. Large (4-10 inches) long, heart-shaped leaves float at the waters surface.
Spatterdock prefers soft sediment and can grow in water up to 6 feet deep. With large buried rhizomes, spatterdock helps stabilize bottom sediment. The large leaves also help buffer the impact of wave action on the shoreline. Spatterdock offers excellent fish habitat. Seeds are eaten by waterfowl; leaves, rhizomes, and flowers are relished by beaver, moose, and deer.