Bogbean

©Guy Edwardes/2020VISION

Bogbean

©Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Bogbean

Enw gwyddonol: Menyanthes trifoliata
Look for the star-like, feathery, white flowers of Bogbean in ponds, fens, bogs and marshes. It is so-named because its leaves look like those of broad beans.

Species information

Ystadegau

Height: up to 30cm

Statws cadwraethol

Common.

Pryd i'w gweld

March to June

Ynghylch

The starry, white flowers of Bogbean can bring the green waters of a pond to life in spring. Found in shallow ponds, fens, bogs and marshes, 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.

Sut i'w hadnabod

The flower spikes of Bogbean grow above the water on tall stems. The white flowers are often tinged with pink, and are star-shaped with a ragged fringe. The emergent leaves are trifoliate, having three oval leaflets.

Dosbarthiad

Common throughout the UK, except in Eastern England.

Roeddech chi yn gwybod?

One local 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.

Sut y gall bobl helpu

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