The bog bean – Menyanthes trifoliata

The bog bean (Menyanthes trifoliata), though a native plant of cool, temperate climates, is well worth cultivating. Mud just covered wirh water provides the best growing conditions, and it is ideal for disguising the pond edge, especially where taller-growing marginals might conceal the view of the water.

Thick, green, creeping rootstocks carry three-lobed leaves. Bare flower stalks appear in early summer, carrying whorls of white, fringed flowers from pinkish tinged buds. They look charming when massed.

Hog bean is best grown in a container if space is limited, although it is not as invasive as some water marginals.


Menyanthe trifolié. bog-bean or buckbean (Julie)

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In spring, plant the creeping stems horizontally in boggy soil or a container filled with loam-based potting compost at the pond’s edge, so that their roots can grow into the water. They will grow in a water depth of up to 10cm (4in). The site should be sunny.

Propagation: In spring, divide the creeping stems into lengths, each with a healthy growing rip, and replant immediately.

Pests and diseases: Trouble free.

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