The lotus is a water plant (not to be confused with Lotus Cars) that grows in tropical areas and has religious significance in a number of Asian countries, especially India. It is a perennial that can come back for many years. It is a very fragrant flower that is popular in water gardens in tropical areas.
The lotus is a flower that can only be grown in tropical climates, it cannot survive in the cold. It spreads out on top of ponds in order to collect as much sunlight as possible. Fish tend to use it as shade during hot summer days however the lotus also attracts predators who know that where there are lotus plants there will be fish. The lotus is often mistaken for the water lily but it is in fact a different plant. The water lily can come in many different colours the lotus only comes in pink or white.
If you have a pond in your garden and you live in an area that has the right climate the lotus is one of the easiest plants to grow. It literally requires no maintenance, you don't need to plant it, you don't need to water it, the lotus will look after itself. There are good reasons to have a lotus plant if you have a pond, one of which is to keep the pond clean. The lotus will help to prevent algae by blocking the sunlight that the algae needs to grow. On the other hand it may also prevent other aquatic plants from growing since it does take up so much space.