Blue Lily Seeds (Nymphaea caerulea)
Egyptians worshipped Blue Lily as a sacred plant and a symbol for the origins of life, rising from the mud this flower of pure and clean beauty. The Egyptians believed that the world was originally covered by water and darkness. A Blue Lily sprang up from the water and opened its petals to reveal a young god, a Divine Child. Light streamed from the Divine Child to banish universal darkness. This child god was the Creator, the Sun God, the source of all life. When the Pharaoh known as King Tut was entombed, his body was covered in Blue Lily flowers. And both Amenhotep IV and Ramses III are known to have had them growing purely for their ornamental value in their palace gardens.
Blue Lily was traditionally used to relieve pain, increase memory, increase circulation, promote sexual desire, and create a sense of well being. According to recent studies, Blue Lily may contain health-giving phytosterols and bioflavonoids.
The Blue Lily plant is a perennial with large flat leaves, rounded or oval in shape. The underside of the leaf, which is continually wet, has a strong attraction to the water and this holds the leaf flat against the surface. The leaves are relatively short lived and are replaced regularly throughout the growing season. The large, elegant blue flowers are held well above the water at the tip of a sturdy green stalk and appear almost constantly from spring until the end of summer (September to February). The flowers open in early to mid-morning and close completely in late afternoon and stay closed all night. A fully open flower measures 15-20 cm across and each sweetly fragrant flower lasts for about four days. One plant can spread over an area of about 1 m.
Blue Lily seeds are simple to grow outdoors. They love full sun, good soil, and require at least 30 cm of still water. Flowing water is not recommended nor do they like windy areas. Full sun is necessary for the plants to grow vigorously and produce flowers as well as for the flowers to open during the day.
Each pack contains 50 viable seeds.