Red Lotus (nymphaea rubra) is a member of the waterlily family and is known commonly as Indian Red Waterlily. It is a close relative of Sacred Blue Waterlily (nymphaea caerulea), which is known commonly as Blue Lotus. Although both are referred to as “lotus” this can be misleading because the true lotus is in the genus nelumbo. Aside from being visually similar, all these flowers have similar alkaloids and herbal uses. All are used in essential oil production, aromatherapy and soap making, although red lotus naturally has a gentler scent. It is also a bit harder to find. We offer genuine Thai-grown red lotus petals as well as nympahea caerulea (blue lotus) flowers, pink lotus petals (nelumbo nucifera) and white lotus petals (nelumbo nucifera). Also check out our store for various Nymphaea and nelumbo seeds.