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The Pond Lily – Nuphar lutea, is a native Adirondack wildflower that sprouts around the summertime. The Pond Lily is an aquatic plant known to float on the water's surface. The flowers grow above the water, approximately two inches wide. The leaves are broad ovals, forming the shape of a horseshoe at the stalk's attachment point.

Pond Lily is also referred to as Cow Lily, Spatter Dock, Dwarf Spatterdock, Small Yellow Pond-lily or Small Yellow Cow-lily.These lilies are most likely to be found in smaller bodies of water, including marshes, streams, ponds, and slow-moving rivers and lakes.  They are pollinated by beetles and other flies. Now considered a part of the subspecies of N. Lutea, this species used to be classified into a few other groups that are local to the Adirondack Mountains, including Nuphar microphylla, N. rubrodisca, and N. variegata.

Pond Water Lily is edibles and makes a good resource for foraging.

The Pond Lily has many uses in nature and makes a good resource for foraging. This plant is extremely edible and can be prepared in several ways. The root is available to be eaten raw or cooked. To remove any bitterness to the taste, it is recommended that the root spends time being soaked in water before consumption. The root is also useful when dried and ground, making it ideal to be used as a soup thickener or used to make bread by being combined with cereal flour. The seed is also available to be consumed raw or cooked. It can be roasted and eaten, or it can be ground into a powder to be used as a soup thickener.

Pond Lily has medicinal benefits.

The Pond Lily also possesses interesting medicinal benefits. One can use the roots to make a tea that will combat digestive issues, such as diarrhea. The roots can also be used to treat various skin conditions and are excellent for reducing bleeding.

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