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What Color is a Lotus Flower and Why?

Since time immemorial, humans, birds, and insects have been fascinated by flowers. Their beauty has been the subject of art, music, and poetry throughout the ages. For birds, bees, and butterflies, flowers are a vital source of food. And for humans, flowers play an important role in the ecosystem, providing us with oxygen and helping to pollinate our crops.

Flowers come in all shapes and sizes, and their colors are just as varied. While some flowers are brightly colored to attract pollinators, others are more subdued. The color of a flower can also have cultural or religious significance.

One flower that has captured the imaginations of cultures around the world is the lotus. Native to Asia, the lotus is a water-borne plant that grows in murky ponds and rivers. The lotus has been revered by Hindus and Buddhists for centuries and is often seen in religious art and architecture.

But precisely what color is the lotus flower? What determines the flower’s specific color? Do these colors have any symbolic meaning? How can you grow lotus flowers?

Read on to learn more.

The Lotus Flower Explained

The lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is a species of aquatic plant that belongs to the family Nelumbonaceae. The lotus is native to Africa, Australia, Asia, and North America.

The lotus is a perennial plant, meaning it lives for more than two years. It typically blooms between July and August. The flowers are pollinated by bees, butterflies, and birds.

The lotus has a long stem that grows up to 3 meters in length. The leaves of the plant are large and floating, with a diameter of up to 60 centimeters. The flowers of the lotus are white or pink and have a sweet fragrance.

What Colors Can Lotus Flowers Be?

While most lotus flowers are white or pink, they can also be blue, purple, or yellow. The color of a lotus flower is determined by the pigments in its petals.

The white lotus is the most common type of lotus. It is native to Africa, Asia, and Australia. There’s also the pink lotus, which is native to Asia. It is the national flower of India and Vietnam.

The blue lotus is native to Africa and Australia. You can also find the yellow lotus in these regions. There’s also the purple lotus. The flower is native to Asia.

Why Do Lotus Flowers Change Color?

The change of color in lotus flowers is occasioned by a variety of factors. These include:

1. The Age of the Flower

The age of the flower also affects its color. As a flower ages, its petals begin to fade. This is why you’ll often see lotus flowers that are white in the center and pink at the edges.

2. The Time of Day

Lotus flowers are also known to change color depending on the time of day. For example, the pink lotus is said to be white at night and pink during the day.

3. The Temperature

The temperature also plays a role in the color of lotus flowers. Flowers that are grown in cooler climates tend to be more vibrant in color than those that are grown in warmer climates.

4. Genetic Modification

In some cases, the color of a lotus flower can be changed through genetic modification. For example, there are now pink and blue lotus flowers that have been genetically modified to be more vibrant in color.

5. Soil Type

The type of soil in which a flower is grown can also affect its color. In particular, soil pH levels can have an impact. Flowers that are grown in alkaline soils tend to be more yellow in color, while those grown in acidic soils tend to be pinker.

In Buddhism, the lotus is a symbol of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. Photo from RomoloTavani on iStock.

Do Lotus Flowers Have Any Symbolic Meaning?

The color of a lotus flower can have different meanings in different cultures. In general, white lotus flowers are associated with spiritual purity and enlightenment, while red lotus flowers are associated with love and compassion. Yellow lotus flowers are associated with mental clarity and wisdom, and blue lotus flowers are associated with serenity and peace.

In Hinduism, the lotus is a sacred flower and is associated with several different deities. The white lotus is associated with Brahma, the creator god, while the yellow lotus is associated with Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. The red lotus is associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

In Buddhism, the lotus is a symbol of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. The white lotus is associated with his spiritual purity, while the yellow lotus is associated with his wisdom teachings. The blue lotus is associated with serenity and introspection.

Lotus flowers prefer warm weather and lots of sunlight but can also tolerate partial shade. Photo from Nilanka Sampath on iStock.

How to Care for Lotus Flowers

Lotus flowers are relatively easy to care for and can be grown in a variety of climates. They prefer warm weather and lots of sunlight but can also tolerate partial shade.

To plant lotus flowers, start by digging a hole in the ground that is twice the size of the pot the plant is in. Place the plant in the hole and fill the hole in with soil, making sure to pack it down around the plant. Water the plant thoroughly and place it in a sunny spot.

Lotus flowers prefer to be kept moist, so water them every few days or as needed. Be sure not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.

Fertilize your lotus flowers every two weeks using a water-soluble fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer according to the package directions.

If you live in a cold climate, you will need to bring your lotus flowers indoors during the winter. Place the plants in a sunny spot and water as needed.

Lotus flowers can be susceptible to pests and diseases, so it is important to check them regularly for signs of problems. To remove dead or dying flowers, cut the stem down to the waterline using a sharp knife.

Enjoy the Stunning Lotus Flower

The lotus flower continues to be a source of fascination for people all over the world. From its symbolic meaning to its beautiful appearance, the lotus flower is truly a sight to behold. If you’re looking for a unique and eye-catching addition to your garden, consider growing a few lotus flowers of your own.

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