The flower stalk can grow to 30 cm and bears lots of white delicate, feathery, and star-like flowers which have a pinkish flush on the outside of the petal and are amazingly pretty.
The bogbean flowers are pollinated by bees and butterflies. The flowers’ rank smell also attracts beetles and flies. As with the Primrose, some flowers have long styles and some short, to assist cross-pollination.
The bog beans' fruit is a capsule containing many shiny, yellow-brown buoyant seeds.
The bogbean has always been used for medicinal remedies - in fact it is still used today by modern herbalists.
Medicinal Uses - The Leaves
The leaves were used for tea to strengthen weak stomachs, and the plant was also used against tuberculosis, heart problems and asthma. Bogbean was also used to treat arthritis. It is still used today in herbal medicine to treat various rheumatoid conditions.
Emergency Food Supply
Native Americans also used the bogbean as an emergency food supply, but both the leaves and the root of the plant have a bitter taste.
Bog bean is a perennial herb with Rootstock long and thick, creeping or floating.
Bogbean & Clovers
Many relate Bogbean in their mind with the clover family (Trifolium), however these plants have nothing in common that they each have having three leaflets.
The easiest way to differentiate between them is by the flowers: clover’s are butterfly-like, as is typical of the Pea family, and bogbean’s are completely different
Two Distinct Different Flower Types
Bogbean has two distinct types of flower, one with long style and short stamens, The second flower type has a short style and long stamens protruding from the flower. Bog Bean produces very attractive clusters of small star-shaped delicate whitish-pink colour flowers. When the petals are fully open they are covered with a soft white fluff, or fringe.
Other Common Names
Other common names for the bog bean plant are, bean trefoil, beck bean, bitterwort, bog myrtle, bog nut, brook bean, buckbean, marsh clover, marsh trefoil, water trefoil, water shamrock.
|Inches and cm sizes are approximate|