Echo Park lotuses will bloom again thanks to theft

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Lotus flower (AP Photo)

Lotus flower (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Echo Park reopens following a makeover, its lake’s famous lotus flowers will bloom again thanks to an act of thievery by a prudent Los Angeles horticulturist.

The Los Angeles Times reports Randy McDonald furtively — and illegally — snipped a tendril of the aquatic plant during the annual Lotus Festival in 2005.

By 2008 the lotuses had mysteriously died off. Since then the park was shut and the lake was drained during renovations.

When it was time to refill it, there were questions about whether the beloved cream-colored flowers would return.

Rumors of McDonald’s lotus larceny circulated for years and he admitted to it when contacted by a desperate city-contracted landscape architect.

The plants, grown in his Reseda hothouse, are thriving once again in their Echo Park habitat.

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