The sweetly-scented, exotic lotus blossom fills the imagination of a dedicated water gardener. However, a single full-size American lotus Nelumbo lutea or sacred lotus Nelumbo nucifera plant can quickly overwhelm a small water garden. While the larger lotus varieties require a minimum of a gallon tub for planting, the dwarf or bowl lotus only need a 1- to 2-gallon pot. Ideal for small water and bog gardens, dwarf lotus varieties only grow 1 to 2 feet tall. Place the lotus tuber in a bowl of garden or pond water to soak.
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I have an inground gallon Rubbermaid stocktank for a lotus bog. It's filled with soil and has about" of water on top of the soil. The tank is about 25" deep, 69"L, 63"W. I've had it for about 15 years. For about the first 10 years, it did great. Tons of leaves and blossoms, then it slowed down to barely a floating leaf. I know how invasive lotus can be and assumed the tank was probably completely root-bound. We removed about 12" of the soil and replaced it.
Hosackia pinnata , synonym Lotus pinnatus , is a species of legume native to western North America from British Columbia to California. Its distribution extendsg into British Columbia in just a few rare occurrences near Nanaimo. It grows in moist to wet habitat, such as bogs and spring meadows. It is a hairless perennial herb lined with leaves each made up of green oval leaflets each 1 to 2. The inflorescence is an array of up to 10 pealike flowers between 1 and 2 centimeters long. Each flower has a bright yellow banner, or upper petal, and white lower petals. The fruit is a slender, elongated legume pod up to 5 centimeters long but just a few millimeters long.