Nymphaeaceae is a family of flowering plants. Members of this family are commonly called water lilies and live as aquatic herbs in temperate and tropical climates around the world.
Water lilies are the quintessential aquatic garden plants; for many people water features are “water-lily ponds”. These lilies are well-deserving of their popularity; hardy, long-lived, with blossoms of almost every color, water lilies abound in their practical and esthetic value to the aquatic gardener.
Though there are about sixty-five species of water lilies in seven genera found worldwide, the genus Nymphaea is the genus of modern water lilies, in the similar named family Nymphaeaceae.