Menyanthes trifoliata (Bog bean) is an indispensable, vigorous creeping native plant with strong floating horizontal tubers firmly anchored by trailing roots. The leaves have three segments and the white flowers are exquisite in detail and lightly scented. It is an excellent plant for providing surface cover, habitat for invertebrates, food for pollinators and reinforcing loose banks.
Its long trailing habit makes it awkward to keep in pots, so these aren’t often available, but it’s ever so easy to establish anywhere just by trapping the roots under a basket or stone.
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