Flower Details: White. Star-shaped. Petals are fringed. Flowers open sequentially on the inflorescence.
Foliage: Rounded. Mid-green. Three ovate leaflets hold just above the water surface.
Grow Outside: Plant from divisions or nursery bought plants in the spring or autumn. Spacing 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm).
Requirements and care: 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. Propagate: by dividing in the spring; each division should contain one growing tip.
Closely Related Species: Nymphoides, Nephrophyllidium.
Miscellaneous: Naming derived from the Greek for disclosing flower.
How to Grow Menyanthes Plants such as Bog Bean
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.
Caring for Menyanthes in the Garden
When looking after bog beans, it is very important to supply enough water to keep the soil very wet at all times.
Additionally dead heading plants is necessary, this may help to prevent spreading and may create additional blooms.
When propagating bog bean plants be sure to divide them in the spring time and ensure that each division has one growing tip.