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Bogbean Menyanthes trifoliata

The starry, white flowers of bogbean can bring the green waters of a pond to life in spring. This aquatic perennial blooms from March until June. Its common name comes from the leaves, which are shaped a little like those of broad beans.

Conservation status

In the UK it is classed as a common species, however according to the Norfolk Flora this plant is absent from many of the calcareous streams of West Norfolk and from Fenland.

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Did you know? An alternative name for this species, 'Bog Hop' refers to the use of bogbean, instead of hops, to flavour beer in Northern England and parts of Europe.
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