Spatterdock

Nuphar polysepala

Facts

Description- loating leaved plant with bright yellow flowers/in blooming season, it can be easily distinguished by its showy white or pink petaled flowers


Reproduction-Spatterdocks reproduce by seeds, and spread by growth of its large fleshy roots


Location- The spatterdock is occasionally located throughout Illinois, but is most common in North eastern Illinois


Values- exotic plant located mostly in Illinois


Uses for animals- its large leaves provide shade for predators, and home for tiny invertebrates which fish use for food


Uses for man- Not only did the spatterdock help man with medicinal purposes. but the seeds are also edible and can be ground into flour


Medicine - As medicine, the leaves were used to stop bleeding, and the roots were used to apply to cuts, swelling, and other ailments


Interesting fact- Most recently, the spatterdock has been used as a aquarium and water garden plant


Pond suitability- In early spring, the spatterdocks leaves are below the surface, and look like lettuce growing on the lake bottom

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