A larger plant than n. lutea. Leaves waxy grey-green, wavy-edged, held above the water. Flowers single or double, usually delicate pink and fragÃÂÂrant; spring to summer. Sacred flower of Buddhism and several other faiths.
S Asia extending to N Australia
Widely grown in Asia for the edible seeds often used in confectionery, and rhizomes used as a vegetable. Cultivars may be double, they are coloured carmine to white and include: 'Alba' white; 'Alba Striata' white edged carmine; 'Alba Plena' double white; 'Pekinense Rubra' dwarf with reddish-purple flowers; 'Rosea Plena' double pink.
Source: (1997). Nymphaeaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.