Menyanthes trifoliata
(Bog Bean)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Bog Bean, Buckbean, Marsh Trefoil, Water Shamrock
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - June
    Status: Native

Menyanthes trifoliata, or Bog Bean, is native to the most of the United States, except the southeast and south-central US. It is a perennial, that grows in wet areas, like bogs, swamps and even in standing water of pond and lake shores. It blooms in early spring, sending up stalks of flowers before any leaves have come out; the flowers are white and resemble snowflakes.

This species cannot easily be mistaken for much else; its stunning flowers are unique, and its almost aqua leaves in sets of three set it apart and make it easy to identify.

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