One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The common yellow water lily, the flowers of which produce an alcoholic smell which is attractive to beetles.
- ‘Deep-water aquatics like the brandy-bottle and many types of water lily are easy to grow and there are lots to choose from.’
- ‘If lilies are a bit too big, or just not your thing, then the Water Fringe and the Brandy bottle are good alternatives, both with yellow flowers.’
- ‘The English sometimes call the plant "brandy bottle" because the flowers smell like stale wine which attracts flies, the pollinators for the plant.’
- ‘Native water lilies (with yellow blooms) flower in the summer and produce 'brandy bottle' seeds in the winter.’
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