Range and Habitat in Illinois
Thus far, there are no records of the Sacred Lotus escaping from cultivation and naturalizing into new areas within the state of Illinois (see Distribution Map). However, many states in southeastern United States have records of such escaped plants, and there is some evidence that Sacred Lotus has escaped in Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, and New York. There is really no reason why this plant can't escape from cultivation in Illinois. Habitats include small ponds and shallow areas of lakes and rivers. Sacred Lotus is native to southern and eastern areas of Asia.