Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Return of the Lotus Blossoms

Vacationers and local Virginia Beach residents are once again welcoming the return of native American lotuses, which are in full bloom at the Lotus Garden Park near Sandbridge Beach.

The native American wildflower, which bloomed profusely in that creek during the early and mid-20th century, died during the late 1960s, but then began to return a few years ago. We're happy to report that the waters are once again covered with the massive yellow pods for all to enjoy!

The lotus garden is located on Sandbridge Road across the street from the Tabernacle United Methodist Church.  The native American lotus, officially called the Nelumbo Lutea, is the city flower of Virginia Beach.  The tubers, leaves and seeds once served as an important food source for Native Americans.  Because the yellow lotuses are protected, it is illegal to tamper with or pick the flowers or plants.  Kayaking is permitted in the area. 

Be sure to stop by and see the beautiful Lotus Garden on your next visit to Sandbridge.  It truly is a sight to behold, especially now that the garden is in bloom.  It's a once a year event, so don't miss it! 

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