Nymphaea odorata
white waterlily; fragrant waterlily

Nymphaea odorata
Nymphaea odorata
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
USDA Plants Database
Botanical name: Nymphaea odorata
Common name: white waterlily; fragrant waterlily
Group: dicot
Family: Nymphaeaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: just above the water surface
Foliage: floating leaves, circular with a notch to the center, on stalks from long rhizomes in the mud
Flower: many petals, white to pinkish. A number of hybrids have been created in a variety of colors
Flowering time: early June to late September
Habitat: ponds, lakes, and sluggish streams
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Very aromatic.
Beaver, muscrat, and deer eat the leaves and roots; waterfowl eat the seeds. They provide cover for fish and frog. They are considered a nuisance in some areas because they grow in dense stands, making canoeing, kayaking, etc., difficult, and making oxygenation of the difficult.