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SpatterdockFenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Spatterdock (Nuphar lutea)


Spatterdock is a lily-pad species that blooms in bright yellow flowers. Their leaves vary greatly in size, but stems grow to around six feet long. They are often found in small ponds and swamps.
Nuphar lutea

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Care Known Problems How to Harvest Mature Size Notes/Uses
Spatterdock can thrive in almost any water source with adequate light, to the point of overpopulation being common Spatterdock becomes overpopulated very quickly, and its large surface area can keep light from entering the pond and cause oxygen depletion Spatterdock is most easily harvested as a rhizome in early spring, before the leaves emerge Spatterdock can have leaves between six to 14 inches across, with underwater stems at six feet tall Although native to the U.S. and North Carolina, it is often treated as an invasive plant due to how it drives out other species and takes over small water sources within months