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Nelumbo Nucifera - the sacred lotus, 5 seeds!
Listing # 38659
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Price per item: Buy Now for $2.99
Quantity: 4
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Location: Central Minnesota
Started : 9/28/2006 7:28:40 AM
Ended: 10/28/2006 7:28:40 AM
Seller: lynnsherbs (7)
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DESCRIPTION
The 'HINDU LOTUS' or 'SACRED LOTUS' has fragrant pink or rose flowers 4 - 10" across. Round leaves 1 - 3 feet across, held 3 - 6 feet above the water. The ornamental seed pods can be used in floral design. The flower is held sacred throughout the East, being the symbol of the world, its wheel-like form representing the eternal cycles of existence. Deities are often represented seated upon its center, and in China it is the symbol of purity, truth, and summer. The seeds are eaten raw, roasted or boiled and are said to taste like filberts or pine-nuts. The roots are eaten sliced, pickled in salt and vinegar, or pounded for starch. The tender root-shoots are eaten boiled, and the stems are eaten in Japan, and are said to taste like beets. The petals are used in soups & the stamens for flavoring tea. The leaves are used as plates, and all parts are valued in Chinese medicine. These are large, strong-growing aquatic plants with large round leaves held above the water, and huge flowers followed by ornamental flat-topped seed pods used in dried arrangements. Good in large ponds and shallow water where the tubers will be out of reach of frost. Can be grown in large tubs and moved into a basement for the winter. The seeds are very hard and you must file through outer layer of seed coat (not to the quick) & soak in water. In a few days to a week they will swell and float then they sink and shoots emerge in about 10 - 15 days. Plant in pots or weight with clay and drop in a pond. Seed are viable 150 to 1000 years! Germination: 100% Tested: 4/06
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