Invasive Plant

European waterlily

Nymphaea alba

About This Species

This beautiful aquatic can be found floating on the surface slow-moving water such as that found in lakes and ponds. What you cannot see is the masses of rhizomes attaching the lily to the bottom of the water body. This plant creates a swimming and recreational hazard by overtaking aquatic environments. This species has been attributed to drownings. It also chokes out native species. European waterlily has the capability to ruin some of our native aquatic habitats!

How to Identify

A very aesthetically pleasing plant with glossy, dark green, round leaves and large white flowers (occasionally pink) with yellow centers that close at night. Leaves can be up to 25 cm across and are attached to stalks that hold the plant in place to the bottom of the lake or pond (but are not always easy to see, depending on how clear the water is).


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Take Action

Prevention is the best approach.

Clean, Drain, Dry

Learn about best practices

The Clean Drain Dry program empowers you to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and organisms to BC waters by following the clean, drain, dry procedure on all watercraft and equipment.



Learn about best practices

A few non-invasive alternatives to plant instead of European waterlily include:

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