WATER LILIES IN BLOOM
Tropical water lilies are in full bloom
at Missouri Botanical Garden.
Water lily ponds have been a tradition at
St. Louis' famous botanical garden since the 1800s.
Today, modern lily reflection pools are a year round feature
in front of the Climatron tropical geodesic dome.
A wide variety of water lilies sport colorful blooms
from underneath the water throughout August.
A popular feature are the giant Victoria Amazon lily pads
which are the largest in the world, supporting hundreds of pounds.
Shown here is a female visitor standing on a pad,
supported by a Victoria lily (in an archive photo
at Missouri Botanical Garden, in the late 1800s.)