The lotus, also known as the Indian Lotus, the Sacred Lotus, and the Bean of India, is an aquatic perennial. It is not a waterlily. The lotus has a distinctive center seed pod structure. It reminds me of a platform raised above the flower and ready for some type of performance. The waterlily does not have this special structure. The waterlily comes in many beautiful colors while the lotus only comes in white and pink. The “sacred blue lotus” is not a lotus. It is a waterlily.
- The flowers, seeds, young leaves, and roots are edible.
- Research reports show that the lotus plant has the ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers.
- Most Buddhist, Chinese, Hindu, Japanese, and other Asian deities are depicted seated on a lotus flower.
Comeback tomorrow and see my process for illustrating this lotus.
Have you ever eaten an edible flower? I don’t think I ever have.
illustration by me!