Herb: Pygmy Water Lily

Latin name: Nymphaea tetragona

Family: Nymphaeaceae (Water-lily Family)

Edible parts of Pygmy Water Lily:

Root. No more details are given.

Description of the plant:


July to

Habitat of the herb:

Ponds and shallow lakes in Japan.

Propagation of Pygmy Water Lily:

Seed - sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse in pots submerged under 25mm of water. Prick out into individual pots as soon as the first true leaf appears and grow them on in water in a greenhouse for at least two years before planting them out in late spring. The seed is collected by wrapping the developing seed head in a muslin bag to avoid the seed being lost. Harvest it 10 days after it sinks below the soil surface or as soon as it reappears. Division in May. Each portion must have at least one eye. Submerge in pots in shallow water until established.

Cultivation of the herb:

Ponds and shallow lakes in Japan.

Medicinal use of Pygmy Water Lily:

None known

Known hazards of Nymphaea tetragona:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.