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Description for Bogbean
Menyanthes is a monotypic genus of flowering plant in the family Menyanthaceae containing the single species Menyanthes trifoliata.
Planting and care
Members of the Menyanthes genus are hardy Perennials.They naturally grow in boggy and watery areas and have green leaves and white star shaped flowers.They flower from spring through to summer.Common names for Menyanthes include Bog bean and Buck bean.
Grow in baskets in a large pond in water up to 25cm deep, or grow in muddy pool margins. Grow in full sun to encourage flowering
Caring for Bogbean
- Full Sunlight. Grows in very moist soil, bogs, and shallow water. Peaty soil. Cool area. Regular watering to maintain heavy moisture, best grown in a container at the edge of a pond. Deadhead. Once established do not disturb unless they become overcrowded.
Typical uses of Bogbean
Special features: Transitional plant for water gardens and ponds. Bog gardens.
Culinary use: Bogbean contains the bitter glucosides, menyanthin (found in the leaves) and loganin (found in the roots). It also contains a small amount of volatile oil and the flavonglycosides, hyperoside and rutin.This strongly bitter herb has been utilised for a long time as a folk medicine.
Medicinal use: Bogbean is a plant. The bogbean fruit resembles a small bean and is commonly found in swamps or bogs, which is the reason for its name. People use the bogbean leaf to make medicine. Bogbean is used for achy joints (rheumatism), rheumatoid arthritis, loss of appetite, and upset stomach.
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