Lotus once again bloom in Echo Park Lake

Pink lotus blossoms blooming under netting to protect them from birds.

What are those pink things floating above the water in the northwest corner of Echo Park Lake? That’s right. They are lotus blossoms. About five years after the old lotus bed died off mysteriously, the light pink-and-cream colored petals of newly planted lotus are  now opening up over floppy green leaves.  Are the blossoms a bit early? It’s been so long it’s hard to remember when the pink petals began to unfurl.

This new generation of lotus were planted in February as part of the clean up and renovation of Echo Park Lake, which is scheduled to reopen to the public by June 15. Aquatic plant supplier Randy McDonald, who grew the plants from a cutting taken from Echo Park Lake a few years ago, had predicted that the new plants would be blooming by this summer.  He was right. The lotus, which for now are growing under black netting to protect the young plants from birds, now share the lake with other aquatic plants, including smaller water lilies that bloomed earlier this spring.
The large lotus plants and flowers  – a variety of nelumbo nucifera –  have been growing in the lake for decades, with the plant serving as an icon for Echo Park and an annual Lotus Festival held in the park.  The Lotus Festival will not return until next year but these blooms will greet the public when the park reopens next month.

Looks like some albino lotus have snuck into to the pink lotus patch.


  1. Nice to see 85million dollars worth of work spent well…

  2. EchoParkNewbie

    Awesome! Will be great to get this park back in use for the community. Next up is getting the building owners in the surrounding blocks to step up and paint, fix, renovate, their properties. EPL should continue to be one of the iconic symbols of LA and now that the city and govt agencies have poured in the funds to renovate the park (and hopefully maintain it) the area business and home owners need to follow suit and step up and do their part. A fresh coat of paint, a little less barbed wire some weeding, pruning and mowing here and there add mulch and a few plants and suddenly things start to look and feel a little bit nicer..

  3. It is such a wonderful news, I hope they all grow very soon. We need the park.

  4. The mystery of the lotus bed die off is not a surprise to me. Years ago when fishing there at night there was a group of individuals who were digging for the lotus root when the water level was low. The lotus root is a delicacy in Asian cooking..no mystery…case solved..

  5. the lotuses did not die off mysteriously, they were killed by the people the city hired to clean the lake the years prior to the renovation, the morons scraped the bottom of the lake removing all the dormant lotus seeds. The city gave the cleaning contract to their buddies not professionals

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