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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 56

Summary of Development, Introduction, and Marketing Strategy to Share Lotus in the Southeast United States

Daike Tian, Ken M. Tilt, Floyd M. Woods, Jeff L. Sibley and Fenny Dane

pp: 151-154

Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.) is a well-known plant based on its edible, ornamental, and medicinal uses. Lotus is an impressive flowering rhizomatous, perennial, aquatic herb, which has a long history in the diverse cultures of the Orient (Follett and Douglas, 2003). The plant is sacred in the Hindu and Buddhist religions. Sacred lotus has been cultivated in Asia for thousands of years and has been a prestigious crop in China for nearly 5,000 years (Shen et al., 2002). Lotus is known in the United States, and there is a native yellow-flowered species (N. lutea Willd.). However it is used sparsely in the landscape and rarely eaten. A developing and open world economy has led to increasing exchanges and meshing of cultures, ideas, and horticultural treasures. In 2000, two professors and two graduate students from Auburn University visited Wuhan Institute of Botany in Wuhan, China, in the Hubei province. Their hosts at the Institute shared the beauty, diversity, and development

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