This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The writer had for the first time the opportunity of examining this water lily, during a hasty call at the home of Dr. Warder at North Bend, Ohio, and was pleased to find it much more distinct from other species than the description in our text books indicates. Dr. Warder has a pond in which many kinds are growing, thus affording an excellent opportunity for noting comparative differences. Wood thus describes it: "Rhizome producing oblong tubers, which spontaneously separate; leaves floating, orbicular, reniform, entire, very veiny, the lobes divaricate, flowers scentless or nearly so; milk-white, never purplish, petals very blunt, seeds globular ovoid."
In addition to this it was noted at Dr. Warder's, that the leaves were green on both sides, and not tinged with rose on the under surface as the common water lily is, that the leaves are wider than long, and are emarginate at the apex, that the edges turn up from the water in many cases as the Victoria Regia does, and that a large number erect themselves above the water as we see often in Nuphar and Nelumbium. The petals are more numerous, larger, and narrower than in the common one. The immense size of the flower, and other points noted, might seem to form a connecting link between the famous Victoria of the Amazon, and the Northern Nymph-seas.