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Bog Buckbean

( Menyanthes trifoliata )

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Bog Buckbean
Bogbean
Buckbean
Menyanthaceae
Menyanthes
Menyanthes trifoliata
Linnaeus
AB, BC, NL, MB, NB, NL, NT, NS, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT
Characteristics

Wildflower

Deciduous

Sun

Wet

No

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Boreal Shield, Atlantic Maritime

Fresh Water Aquatic

Pond/Standing Water
Design Considerations

10 cm

30 cm

May - Jul

White/Cream

Yes

No








No
Conservation Status



Interesting Tidbits

In Europe, powdered buckbean roots were mixed with flour as a nutritious but bitter-tasting bread additive. More commonly, the bitter leaves were used as a substitute for hops in flavouring beer and were also boiled in honey to make mead. Through the years, buckbean has been used to treat many ailments, including jaundice, indigestion, skin diseases, scurvy, intestinal worms and rheumatism. (Kershaw)


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