Adirondack Wildflowers:  White Water-lily on Heron Marsh at the Paul Smiths VIC (28 June 2012)

Adirondack Wildflowers:
White Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata)

Adirondack Wildflowers:  White Water-Lily on Heron Marsh at the Paul Smiths VIC (5 July 2011) Adirondack Wildflowers: White Water-lilies in bloom on 5 July 2011 at the Paul Smiths VIC.

White Water-lily is a floating aquatic plant common in quiet waters of lakes, ponds, and marshes in the Adirondacks. It is one of the most common white water lilies. The flowers of the White Water-lily are two to six inches wide and are usually open in the morning, closing by midafternoon on sunny days. Each flower has many upright or spreading white petals surrounding a yellow center. White Water-lily blooms in summer, from mid-June to mid-August. The plant is pollinated by beetles, which have a more highly developed sense of smell than sense of sight.

The round leaves of the plant, which are cleft at the base, are green on top and purple on the underside and float on the surface. White Water-lily is anchored to the bottom by roots. The plant is also known as Fragrant Water Lily (a reference to its very sweet-smelling blossoms), American White Waterlily, American White Water-lily, Fragrant White Water Lily, and Fragrant Water Lily. White Water-lily is native to the eastern United States.

White Water-lily has been used as a herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, including colds, tuberculosis, bronchial complaints, toothaches, and mouth sores.

Adirondack Wildflowers:  White Water-Lily on Heron Marsh at the Paul Smiths VIC (5 July 2011) Adirondack Wildflowers: White Water-lily on Heron Marsh at the Paul Smiths VIC.

White Water-lilies bloom in profusion on Heron Marsh at the Paul Smiths VIC and may be seen from the Heron Marsh Trail and the Silviculture Trail. White Water-lilies usually begin blooming in June at the VIC.

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Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

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The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.