How to Grow Menyanthes Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Bogbean, Buck Bean

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
Menyanthes trifoliata photograph by wallygrom.

Menyanthes Growing and Care Guide

  • Common Names: Bogbean, Buck Bean.
  • Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
  • Height: 10 inches (25 cm).
  • Native: North America, Europe, and Asia.
  • Growing Region: Zones 3 to 9.

  • Flowers: Spring through summer.
  • 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.
  • Family: Menyanthaceae.
  • 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.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Menyanthes plants. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Lotus Flowers, Rodgersia plant, and Cotula plants.