Bog Bean - Hardy Bog Plant

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Bog Bean (Menyanthes trifoliata)

Bog Bean is an interesting marginal plant that can spread 3' to 5' out across the surface of the pond. Oval leaflets rise out of the water in sets of 3, giving bog bean its common name, as it resembles the bean fmily even though not related. The pretty clusters of white fringed, fragrant flowers appear in mid-spring looking nothing like legume blooms! Very pretty plant and at its best when allowed to grow out into the pond, providing shade and refuge. US native.

Bog Bean (Menyanthes trifolia)
Hardiness Zone: 2-11
Planting Container: We recommend a 2 gallon solid planting container or a large planting bag.
Light Requirements: full sun to part shade
Height: 3"-6" - Spread: Creeping Rhizome
Water Depth: 1" to 12", will spread out 3' to 5' across the surface (Maximum water depth is for mature bog plants)

For planting instructions see our: Planting Instructions for Bog Plants Page.


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  • 5
    Bog Bean

    Posted by John G on Jun 22nd 2022

    I ordered 1 of these plants. It arrived very healthy. I put it in soaked soil and a shady place. A couple days later, I moved it to it's permanent place and it is doing very well.

  • 4
    Bog beans

    Posted by Edith Lueke on Jun 3rd 2021

    They are growing nicely in my pond. I was a bit skeptical about getting them by mail, but no longer.

  • 2
    Bog Bean Update

    Posted by Unknown on May 18th 2016

    Originally posted that plant arrived looking bad and although the enclosed recovery instructions were followed, the plant continued to decline until it became mush. A small, firm green stem remained after pulling all the mush off and returning the plant to a place of recovery. It has since completely died. Very disappointed with this plant.

  • 2

    Posted by Unknown on May 15th 2016

    Bog Bean plant looked poor when unpacked. Instructions indicated that might be the case with new plants and recovery steps were provided with delivery. As with all the other plants received with this order those steps were followed and Bog Bean was placed in the new pond at the same time as the other plants. The mass of the plant has turned into a gelatinous mess. When this rot was pulled off, part of a firm green stub remained an the pot has been relocated with the hopes it will still live but I am skeptical that it shall.

  • 3
    so so

    Posted by Unknown on May 11th 2016

    When it came in , I put it in pond water in my greenhouse for 3 days. Then put it in a pot and placed in my bog and it died off. Not sure why?