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Fragrant Water Lily (Nymphaea odorata)
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Family: Nymphaeaceae (Water Lily)
Height: 0 to 5 ft. (vine)
Blooms: June to September
Leaf Type: smooth
Bloom Size: 4 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Regular blooms, 10 or more parts
Location: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Notes: Aquatic plant.
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Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.