Available now This is a free-flowering lily that is sure to delight. It is commonly called Egyptian Lotus, even though it is in the waterlily family. Make no mistake, Caerulea is not a common lily. This unique variety has been used medicinally and ritually for thousands of years, and are rarely sold commercially. It Holds itself high above the water, much like a Lotus as well. Containing an alcohol soluble substance called nuciferine, Egyptians used this plant as a narcotic both for its healing qualities and as a recreational drug when soaked in wine. The blue water lily was also a symbol of sexuality - Dr Elizabeth Williamson states: The flower "has a Viagra effect".
Called a 'lotus', the depictions of the floral symbol of Upper Egypt is actually known as a Nymphaea caerulea which is known today to be a water lily. This flower, along with the papyrus flower, was shown throughout Egypt in tombs and temples to symbolize the union of Upper and Lower Egypt, but the blue water lily had a much deeper significance to the Egyptian people The Egyptians saw that the blue water lily opened up each morning, seeing the intense golden center set against the blue petals, seemingly an imitation of the sky that would greet the sun, releasing sweet perfume. Each afternoon, they would close again only to open again each day. The flower was therefor firmly linked with the rising and the setting of the sun, and thus to the sun god and the story of creation. The religious significance of the flower was great - many columns of the Egyptian temples had water lily capitals crowning them.
I am he who rises and lights up wall after wall, each thing in succession. There will not be a day that lacks its owed illumination. Pass on, O creatures, pass on, O world! Listen! I have ordered you to! I am the cosmic water lily that rose shining from Nun's black primordial waters, and my mother is Nut, the night sky. O you who made me, I have arrived, I am the great ruler of Yesterday, the power of command is in my hand. -- Spell 42, The Book of the Dead
The god of the blue water lily was Nefertem, a god not just linked to the sun but to beautification and healing.
Tropical - bulbs must be lifted in the fall, Zones 3 thru 8