The Yellow Water-lily is one of our native species, but less common than the white. The Yellow has considerably larger leaves, and the flower stands well out of the water, while its flask-shaped seed-pod, which gives it its common name ‘Brandy Flask’ or in past times ‘Can Dock’ (‘can’ in those days meaning a pottery vessel to hold liquids), contains air-bladders, allowing it to float off to colonise new waterways, before the air-pockets collapse and the seeds sink to germinate in the mud- bottome. In medieval France doctors warned patients that it was ‘the destroyer of pleasure and the poison of love’! Conditions: windy and cloudy, following showers. Temperature: Max 16 Min 14c.
Yellow Waterlily – These native waterlilies thrive in still or slow moving waters and we saw them on a local canal recently. Their lily-pads are around 12 inches across and more oval than the other native White Waterlilies, Holding their heads on stems above the water, they are also known as Spatterdocks and Brandy Bottles. The latter is thought by some to be due to their smell of wine dregs and by others as due to the unusual shape of their seed-heads, shown in the photo’s. Like other waterlilies, their stems grow quickly, enabling them to quickly position leaves on the water-surface, even when water-levels go up and down. They provide
good cover for many water creatures. Conditions: A largely cloudy day with some sunny intervals. Temperature: 13-10c.