This stately aquatic is now generally known and largely grown. N. spe-ciosum, often called the Egyptian lotus, will do in any pond where the roots do not freeze and has taken possession of some of the smaller lakes of Indiana. The large peltate leaves rise above the surface of the water, and the beautiful rosy pink flowers are borne on long stalks above the leaves. They have the appearance of very large double tulips.
The plants need the same general treatment as the hardy nymphaeas, and the compost can not be made too rich. One authority says they like to root into a stiff clay. If the bottom of your tank or pond is out of reach of frost, leave them there all winter. If not, lift the roots and keep in moist soil till spring.
There are now several varieties of N. speciosum. N. luteum is a native of our southern states and has very large yellow flowers.