What is a lily pad?

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If you’ve ever been at a pond and admired the beautiful disc-shaped leaves with flowers floating on top, then you’re already familiar with lily pads! These pretty plants are also sometimes called “water lilies” or “lotuses.”
 
Lily pads might look like they’re just floating on the surface of the water, but the truth is that they’re actually planted with roots into the ground at the bottom of the body of water they float on! Although sometimes they can grow to be too many, water lilies are often useful to the body of water where they grow. For example, they provide food for fish and other creatures. They also create shade under the water during the day and hold in warmth at night, which helps the water to be a more comfortable temperature for all of the pond’s  dwellers!

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