In the genus class Nuphar, Spatterdock, or yellow pond lily or European yellow pond lily, is a deep water plant with large floating heart shaped leaves that resemble much of the other lilies of a pond.
The leaves of this perennial are supported by long stems, attached by rhizomes firmly into the bottom of the pond. The flower is yellow and attached to a stalk that can grow to six feet, about 1 3/4 inches(4.5 cm) in diameter.
Several small petals resembling thick stamens with six large sepals form a rounded cup over the petals.
The fruit is pod shaped and contains lots of seeds.
Yellow pond lilies grow fast and can form large colonies, providing great shelter for wildlife, especially fish, frogs, insects.
The leaves provide resting spots for land insects such as dragonflies and bees.
The plant provides food for many animals including Canada geese, Mallard ducks, muskrat and beaver.
Shelter is provided to the Southern leopard frog, bullfrog, channel catfish, muskrat to name a few. Humans can even eat the seeds by popping them like popcorn.
Hardy up to zone 4, this lily will flower from June to August, the seeds will ripen in August to September.
It can be grown in acid, neutral or alkaline soils, but is best known for its growth in water.
The flower is scented and pollinated by flies.
Grown in full sun the scent of the flower is like that of brandy, due to acetic acid and ethyl alcohol.
The plants has been used as a homeopathic remedy for stomach disorders and the root, or rhizome can be powdered and used as a poultice, as was done by many Native Americans.