Nelumbo lutea (American Lotus) is and emergent aquatic plant with large circular leaves. Leaves are connected to the petiole in the center of the circle with no apparent slits in the side (an easy way to distinguish them from other water lilies).
Flowers are born off the top and have numerous stamen around a central pistil. Flowers last for two days in which time they can be pollinated by insects. This species is almost extinct in the wild.
All parts of the Lotus has food and or medicinal properties and make a great gift! Very easy to germinate.