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Menyanthes trifoliata - Plant

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Menyanthes is a monotypic genus of flowering plant in the family Menyanthaceae containing the single species Menyanthes trifoliata.
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Description for Menyanthes trifoliata

Menyanthes is a monotypic genus of flowering plant in the family Menyanthaceae containing the single species Menyanthes trifoliata. It is a rhizomatous emergent aquatic perennial that typically grows in shallow water in pond/lake margins and in bogs.

Flower stalks and leaves rise well above the water surface from thick creeping rhizomes that spread indefinitely. Trifoliate leaves have three elliptic leaflets.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Bog bean, buckbeanWhiteMay to June0.75 to 1 feetEasy to grow

Planting and care

When growing bog bean it is best to use plants form a garden center or from divided plants. Purchased Menyanthes can be planted in either spring or autumn, whereas propagated bog bean should be planted in the spring.
Members of Menyanthes can grow in sunny or partially shaded areas but they must have wet soil. The soil should also be peaty and acidic in nature.

Full Sun Poorly-drained Clay, LoamMedium-25 degrees cApply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Menyanthes trifoliata

  • When looking after bog beans, it is very important to supply enough water to keep the soil very wet at all times.
  • Pruning - Cut back after floweringAdditionally dead heading plants is necessary, this may help to prevent spreading and may create additional blooms.

Typical uses of Menyanthes trifoliata

Special features: Transitional plant for water gardens and ponds. Bog gardens.

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: na


  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a642
  • http://www.gardenershq.com/Menyanthes-Bog-Bean.php
  • https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=1273

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