Bog Bean (Menyanthes trifoliata)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Wet
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6-12 inches (15-30 cm)
Plant Spread: 1-2 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Offsets
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Bees
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Comments:
Posted by threegardeners (Brockville, Ontario, Canada - Zone 5a) on Sep 29, 2011 5:21 PM

Zone 5a.

I've had this plant growing happily in my pond for 5 years.

My pond gets drained every winter and I just leave the plant in its pot in the empty pond for the winter. Comes back faithfully every spring.

Full shade. Grows like a weed, but is not invasive here.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Dec 7, 2013 10:29 AM

Native in the Pacific Northwest from Alaska to California, east across Canad and the northern half of the United States. Found in bogs and marshes. The flowers have a rank smell that is attractive to flies, beetles, and bees. A bitter tea made from the leaves may ease stomach complaints, fever, or migraine headaches.

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