Nymphaea caerulea | ‘Blue Lotus’ | Dried flowers

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The ‘Blue Lotus’ is a lovely water lily of the Nymphaea genus, more commonly known as the ‘Blue Lily’ or ‘Blue Lotus’. Dried flowers.

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Nymphaea caerulea | ‘Blue Egyptian Lotus’, ‘Blue Egyptian Water Lily’, ‘Blue Lily’, ‘Blue Lotus’, ‘Sacred Blue Lily’ | Dried flowers

(syn. Castalia capensis, Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea)

This listing is for dried Nymphaea caerulea flowers which originate from an organic farm in Thailand.

A lovely water lily of the Nymphaea genus, this species is most commonly known as the ‘Blue Lily’ or ‘Blue Lotus’ (although it is also known by many variations, including ‘Blue Egyptian Lotus’, ‘Blue Egyptian Water Lily’, ‘Blue Water Lily’ and ‘Sacred Blue Lily’). Caerulea’s vibrant, bluish-white to sky-blue or purple flowers average ten to fifteen centimetres across and have been used variously in folk medicine, aromatherapy and perfume-making, and as incense.

This is another one of those species which requires a whole paragraph in order to list all of its synonyms! Castalia caerulea, Castalia capensis, Castalia scutifolia, Leuconymphaea berneriana, Leuconymphaea caerulea, Leuconymphaea emirnensis, Nymphaea bernieriana, Nymphaea calliantha, Nymphaea capensis, Nymphaea capensis var. alba, Nymphaea coerulea, Nymphaea cyclophylla, Nymphaea edgeworthii, Nymphaea emirnensis, Nymphaea engleri, Nymphaea madagascariensis, Nymphaea magnifica, Nymphaea mildbraedii, Nymphaea muschleriana, Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea, Nymphaea nubica, Nymphaea radiata, Nymphaea scutifolia, Nymphaea spectabilis and Nymphaea sphaerantha.

Although historically considered to be native to Egypt and other parts of East Africa, the plant has also long occurred in other countries, including the Indian subcontinent and Thailand. However, it’s most frequently associated with the Ancient Egyptians, who ascribed great significance to the plant as a Sun symbol (falsely believing its flowers to close at night and open in the morning). Moreover, caerulea was associated with the passage to the afterlife, the origin of the world and the deities Atum, Nefertem and Ra, the plant and its related rituals accordingly being frequently depicted in Egyptian art and architecture. Elsewhere, in Greek mythology, the Blue Lily is considered as a strong candidate for the lotus eaten by the ‘Lotophagi’ (“Lotus-eaters”) of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’.



Product Details

Product Type

Dried root bark

Amount

25g, 50g, 100g, 250g

Common Name

Blue Lotus

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Year Harvested

2020

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