Tiger Lotuses are a lily pad. This is surprising to some people because they instead of the round leaves of lily pads people are familiar with, tiger lotuses have arrowhead-shaped leaves. The red leaves can develop striped variegation under heavy lighting. The red tiger lotus will have royal purple on the bottoms side of the leaves. However, if sufficient iron isn't present, the red tiger lotus may produce green leaves.
Tiger lotuses produce highly aromatic blossoms that are usually white. Depending on the species, some varieties will produce blue or red flowers. Many combinations of these colors are available because of selective breeding and hybridization over many centuries and continents.