Water Lilies Root Structure

Written by samantha belyeu
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
Water Lilies Root Structure
Water lilies have rhizomes in their spreading root system. (water lily image by ruud binnekamp from Fotolia.com)

Water lilies have spreading rhizomes and roots that anchor the plant deep in the mud of still, fresh surface water. The roots take up nutrients, as well as small reserves of water. They do not need to take up large reserves of water since the plant is submerged; the underside of the leaves can also take up water.

Other People Are Reading

Hardy Water Lily

When the stems, leaves and flowers of the hardy water lily are hit by frost and die, the root remains safely anchored under water, where the temperature does not go below freezing. The plant re-emerges completely anew from the roots each spring, provided the entire water basin did not freeze solid.

Water Lilies Root Structure
Hardy water lilies (water-lily image by Vasiliy Koval from Fotolia.com)

Tropical Water Lily

Frosts can kill the entire tropical water lily, including the roots. The roots must be covered with at least a foot of still, fresh water. Some tropical water lilies produce tubers near the crown that can be harvested and planted for new water lilies.

Water Lilies Root Structure
Tropical water lilies (water lily image by Bohanka from Fotolia.com)

Nature of Rhizomes

Rhizomes are actually underground stems, primarily used for storage. Water lily rhizomes store carbohydrates and proteins for dormant periods, especially in the winter. In spring, the rhizomes release amino acids and carbohydrates to support rapid shoot growth until there are enough leaves can take over food production.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.