Yellow lily pond weed (Nuphar lutea) can easily displace ornamental aquatic plants with its aggressive growth habits. It keeps the classification of being a noxious weed in Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A native of the eastern United States, Africa, the West Indies, Asia and Europe belongs to the lily plant family Nymphaeaceae.
Growth and Uses
Often as spatterdock the yellow dough weeds grow well in 1 to 3 feet of water. It occurs in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 4 to 10. A perennial, its leaves, stems and flowers die off in the fall in areas that suffer the bad weather. Early Native Americans would boil the roots of the plant and consume them, like vegetables. The roots also served as a medicinal poultice when ground into a fine powder. The plant seeds were used in a ground flour-like substance for cooking. Despite its invasive habits, the plant serves a valuable purpose in the environment by providing shelter for aquatic organisms and them. With a source of food
The yellow dough weed produces heart-shaped flat leaves that measure up to 16 centimeters long. The primary leaves of the plant float above the surface of the water. Beneath the surface of the water, the plant also produces small leaves that have a carbon look. The facility has submerged trunks that measure up to 6 meters in length. The plant spongy rhizome root system they firmly anchored to the muddy ground. The flowers of the plant grow on separate stems from the plant's leaves.
Flowers and seeds
The bright yellow flowers bloom from May to October. The flowers sports a sweet fragrance. They partially open each morning and close at dusk. After flowering, the plant produces around bolls. The seed pods mature and open, to spread the plant's seeds. The pods look like a brandy bottle, so that the plant is often referred to as the brandy-bottle. The plant does not establish good water fast, it is slow-moving rivers, ponds or large bodies of water.
The plant grows well in full sun or partial shade. The plant can tolerate sandy, nutrient-poor soils. It will grow back quickly if a small piece of rhizome root system remains in the soil. Remarkably hardy, the plant suffers from any serious diseases or pests. Once set up, requires the yellow dough plant very little maintenance. Growing can control the yellow dough in containers plant growth, the tank drop into the water at the desired planting location.