The Lovely Lotus for August

lotus_blossomThe 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.

Interesting facts:

  • 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!

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11 Comments

  1. What a beautiful picture! I think I used to eat these tiny yellow flowers and also clover flowers when I was little, just because someone told me that you can. 🙂

  2. Interesting facts about the lotus. I thought it was a waterlily. The center is definitely different. Don't think I've ever eaten any flowers, but I understand there are some that are quite tasty.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

  3. So cool! I love the center stage aspect of the flower – beautiful! 🙂

  4. I've eaten a lot of things but never a flower. I've had tea with crushed flowers in it though. Looking forward to your next post. I'dlike ot learn to draw them.

    Stephen Tremp

  5. You did that illustration? Impressive!

  6. Lovely. Plus I learned the lotus isn't a waterlily. I've eaten a flower in a salad one time. I think it was a nasturtium?

  7. I went to a wedding that had an edible flower salad. It was delicious!! I can't remember for the life of me what it was…

  8. Thank you for sharing this information about the lovely lotus flower. I wasn't aware of that about the sacred blue lotus.

  9. Jody Hedlund said…
    Wow! Fascinating facts about the lotus! And a stunning picture!

  10. Hilary Melton-Butcher said…
    Hi .. I think it's nasturtiums that have honey which can be sucked on .. also they are good in salads .. crystalised lavender and roses .. too – a bit sweet for today perhaps – we had those as kids in the 60s ..

    I love your lotus flower .. now I'm going over to see how you did it ..
    Hilary

  11. Susan, you reminded me of something I did as a kid. I didn’t eat the flower but there were these small flower that your could easily pull lose from the plant then suck on the stem and taste honey.

    Carol, I’ve heard that nasturtiums are very popular in salads.

    Stuffed zucchini blossoms are popular out here but I have yet to try one.

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