Nelumbo lutea, American yellow lotus, is the only native species of the genus. Flowers bloom after two successive months of temps 75-85 degrees. Soft pale yellow flowers 7 - 11" surround a rich yellow center standing 10" above floating leaves. Eye-catching water droplets, suspended on the waxy leaf surface, reflect sunlight during the day and house lights in the evening. Suitable for any size pool/pond. Flower size 7-11" and leaves are 13-17". Height 2 1/2 - 5'. American yellow lotus, also known as water chinquapin, was a common staple in the Native American Indian diet. Seeds can be roasted and tubers are also edible. Light spicy fragrance is attractive to bees. American yellow lotus is a large colonizer.