Blue Egyptian lotus, Blue water lily, Sacred Blue lily (Nymphaea caerulea) Flower buds rise to the water's surface over a period of 2-3 days. Shortly after 9 a.m. the flowers open, at about 3 p.m. they close.
From the Swallowtail Garden Seeds collection of botanical images and illustrations. This image is in the public domain.
Taken on May 11, 2015