These plants have large, triangular leaves that float on the
waters surface, large, fragrant flowers that are usually
white, or red, and thick, fleshy rhizomes that grow in the mud.
Habitat and Distribution
Water lilies are found throughout much of the temperate and
The flowers, seeds, and rhizomes are edible raw or cooked.
To prepare rhizomes for eating, peel off the corky rind. Eat
raw, or slice thinly, allow to dry, and then grind into flour.
Dry, parch, and grind the seeds into flour.
Use the liquid resulting from boiling the thickened root in
water as a medicine for diarrhea and as a gargle for sore throats.
Watch for water lily in beaver ponds. The roots are easy to
collect, as long as it's warm enough to get in the water.