Bog Bean (Menyanthes trifoliata)

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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 its leaves resemble the bean family 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 trifoliata)
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 Shallow Water and 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.

  • 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?