Water Lotus are hardy perennials. This group of water garden plants are sold as tubers and, depending on the variety, vary from as little as 3" long up to 18" long. The larger varieties have leaves capable of reaching 2' in circumference and colossal flowers up to 12" in diameter. The smaller varieties can have leaves and flowers as small as 2" - 3" but still require a spacious container to be able to spread out and attain optimum development. Lotus commonly take a year before they will begin to put forth flowers. It is our experience that the wait is rewarded with exhilaration when the lotus plant demonstrates its flowering capabilities. Lotus tubers are shipped March through June. ...And will be shipped zone appropriate within that time frame.