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Nymphea, water lily or lotus?
The nymphea (‘Nymphaea’) has become increasingly popular thanks to the paintings of Claude Monet. It is often confused with the water lily (‘Nuphar’) and the lotus (‘Nelumbo’). Three aquatic plants that look very similar, but whose flowers are different. The flowers of the water lily are always bright yellow and not very bushy. The lotus flowers have a watering-can-shaped flower head and their leaves are not split. The petals of the nymphea are numerous and can be white (photo), pink, red, blue or pale yellow. Their centre is filled with stamens. Nympheas were one of the main sources of inspiration for the painter.
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