Water lilies must be a universally admired plant. In Egyptian times they were a popular motif in pottery and tombs, still highly recognizable in many forms of art. French impressionist Claude Monet is not the only artist to admire these graceful floaters.
|A water-lily cultivar - non-native.|
Our Ohio native, a six inch water-lily is stunning in it's own right. Add to its beauty an obvious fragrance, given its name: Fragrant Water-lily, Nymphaea odorata. They are relatively common on Ohio's shallow waterways. Although lovely to look at, they can be a bit intimidating to paddle through!
|Our smallest water lily, the Water-shield|
|The tracks of aquatic leaf miners.|
|Water-shield in full, glorious bloom!|
For better clarity (and Apple product users) go to http://youtu.be/VHACBpTMtwY to watch this film.
This is a little video of the Water-shield stamens dancing in the wind! No insects need apply for pollination duty.
|The less-than-stunning Spatterdock.|
Another common flowering pond plant is Spatterdock, Nuphar lutea. The thick mats of vegetation can pose quite a blockade to paddlers, and the smallish yellow flower is rarely sought out.
|Insect appeal of the Spatterdock.|
Our plants need to be pollinated to fruit and bear seed. Most require insects to provide this essential service. In light of our need to eat, we should be concerned with the health and well being of our pollinators. Without them, we'll be down to eating grasses, and maybe the occasional water-shield!