Members of the Menyanthes genus are hardy Perennials.
They naturally grow in boggy and watery areas and have green leaves and white star shaped flowers.
They flower from spring through to summer.
Common names for Menyanthes include Bog bean and Buck bean.
Menyanthes (Bog bean/ Buckbean) image by peupleloup.
Menyanthes trifoliata photograph by wallygrom.
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.
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.
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