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Water Lilies: Friend, Foe, Or Both?

November 18, 2012
By Susan M. Songster-Weaver

Of all the aquatic plants, none is more beautiful than the water lily (Nymphaeaceae). In my travels in the Chautauqua Watershed, I have seen fragrant white ones and yellow bullhead lilies in the wild and many different pinkish ones in ornamental ponds. I love to photograph them, and almost everyone recognizes the lilies in Monet's paintings. The contrast of the bright, white flowers against the dark-green, floating leaves me breathless, especially if there is a reflection. It's hard to think badly of something so beautiful, but are they becoming a problem in some parts of the watershed?



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