Common name: Water Lily
Botanical name: Nymphaea lotus
Water lilies for me are the most intriguing flowers of all, a completely aquatic perennial plant which flowers in the warmer summer months. They can be found perched on large lily pads blossoming in various shades including white, pale pink, light blue and light purple tones.
In Buddhism the lotus flower holds strong symbolic value, rising above murky waters letting go of impurity of the body, speech, and mind its flowers blossom on long stalks as if floating above towards enlightenment. It is also symbolic of detachment as drops of water easily slide off its petals.
A trick for anyone wanting to encourage buds to open, gently twist the tip of the blossom bud. Also remember to keep the stems cut at an angle or better still allow the water lilies to be completely submerged and afloat to allow water to flow underneath the lily stem.