Water lilies are the most beautiful flowers in aquatic
gardens. They belong to genus Nymphaea.
This genus name is the Greek word for water nymph. According
legend, the plant originated from a nymph who died of
jealousy through love of Hercules.
There are two different types of water lilies:
frost-hardy and tropical water lilies. The two types are
similar but not related closely enough for cross-breeding.
Most of water lilies are fragrant, and the fragrance is
Beside their beauty, water lilies have been used in
folk medicine a long time ago. In American and England, water
lily root has been used as an internal medicine for dysentery, diarrhea, gonorrhea. It also used as an ingredient
in gargles for sore throats and lotions for skin problems
such as boils, ulcers, tumors, baldness and inflammations. The starchy tubers, seeds and flowers are used as foods
in many different places around the world.