Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea
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Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea Medicinal Uses
Indications: Administered to people for coughs and colds. Applied in a magical sense.
Nymphaea nouchali is a clump-forming perennial with thick, black, spongy, tuberous rhizomes anchored in the pond mud by spreading roots. The glossy, circular, floating leaves, up to 40cm in diameter turn lovely colours in autumn before it goes dormant. The large, elegant blue flowers are held well above the water at the tip of a sturdy green stalk and appear almost constantly from spring until the end of summer.The flowers open in early to mid-morning and close completely in the late afternoon and stay closed all night. Nymphaea nouchali should be planted in sun or light shade. The pollination mechanism, albeit macabre, is fascinating to watch. (Wildflower Nursery)
Arnold. T.H., Prentice, C.A., Hawker, L.C., Snyman, E.E., Tomalin, M., Crouch, N.R. and Pottas-Bircher, C. (2002). Medicinal and magical plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 13. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
Wildflower Nursery – https://wildflowernursery.co.za/indigenous-plant-database/nymphaea-nouchali/. Accessed on 2020/01/09