Sacred Water Lily, Lotus 'Perry's Giant Sunburst'

Nelumbo nucifera

Family: Nelumbonaceae
Genus: Nelumbo (nee-LUM-bo) (Info)
Species: nucifera (noo-SIFF-er-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Perry's Giant Sunburst


Ponds and Aquatics

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chico, California

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Fresno, California

Paradise, California

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Apex, North Carolina

Franklin, North Carolina

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

show all

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 6, 2011, snowleopard77 from Apex, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the fastest growing Lotus I have.... I have it in a 350 Gallon water tub usually used for horses to drink from. I purchased it in an 18-24 inch pot and moved it to the tub in 2004.

I planted it with 8 inches of soil in the tub and it has pushed the soil up to the rim of the 350 gallon pot now. It needs to be fertilized maybe 1.5 months before blooming season and blooms crazy with the right fertilizer because it can't get enough nutrients from the soil in the pot.

I just had to start digging the pot out and it seems like all the good tubers make their home at the bottom of the pot, so I was able to dig around and remove the upper 10 inches of old tubers and roots to make more room for water in the pot again.

I just wish I had a way to con... read more