Bog Bean
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  • Hardy Bog Plant
  • Blooms April To July
  • Increases Natural Filtration

Bog Bean is an interesting perennial marginal plant that occurs naturally in bogs and marshes across Asia, Europe, and North America. Bog Bean is characterized by a horizontal rhizome with alternate, trifoliate leaves. The olive-green trefoil leaflets will stick out of the water up to 9" and have spikes of pink and white flowers with fringed petals. Bog Bean should be grown in a planting container, as it can be an invasive plant if left to roam planting shelves on its own, which makes individual Bog Bean plants extremely suitable for container water gardening. Plant Bog Bean in early spring, directly in the pond at a maximum depth of 6", then following in the summer months, Bog Bean produces very attractive clusters of small star-shaped delicate whitish-pink color flowers. When the petals are fully open they are covered with a soft white fluff, or fringe.

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Bog Plant - Bog Bean
Bog Bean
Plant Type Bog Plant
Hardiness Zones 3 To 10
Growing Light Full Sun To Partial Shade
Flower Color White-Light Pink
Bloom Time April To June
Plant Size Horizontal Up To 60" And Vertical Up To 9"
Also Known As Menyanthes Trifolia, Buckbean, Water Shamrock, Bitterklee

Mail Order: What To Expect

Plants you receive by mail need time to adjust. Bog Bean will arrive in a 2" Pot (roots with some foliage). Upon arrival, they may not appear lush but given time & proper care, they will flourish!

Planting Instructions

Plant directly into pond and water garden planting shelves or you fill individual planting containers loosely with aquatic planting media, placing the appropriate fertilizer tablets into the bottom half of the planting media and covering them over, then filling planting media 2/3 to the top. Place the plant in the center of the pot with the roots spread out over the planting media, and then continuing to cover the roots with planting media. The crown of the plant, which is the connection between the roots and stems, can usually be about 1" below the surface of the planting media for best results. Avoid using bagged potting mix and other lightweight soils because they will float and continually cloud pond water.

Fertilization

Regular fertilization of your Bog Bean will keep it growing well all season long. CrystalClear® Thrive™ Aquatic Plant Fertilizer or TetraPond® LilyGro™ Aquatic Plant Food or Laguna Plant Grow Fertilizer Spikes can be pushed into the soil at planting time and from April through August, following all manufacturers' recommendation for fertilizer application rates.

Plant Maintenance

For best results, trim or prune as leaves and flowers begin to turn yellow or brown, remove them completely, discarding them to keep as much excess organic material out of water-body as possible.

Winter Care

All leaves and stems will begin to die off as winter arrives. If planted directly into a bog area, plants should be left alone after trimming any dead foliage to 1 to 2" above the top of the water. Plants that are on plant-shelves, in planting containers, should be trimmed to 1 to 2" and then gently lowered into the ponds deeper water. All plants submerged before winter must be brought back up as soon as the ice has permanently thawed, and before any plant growth occurs. In Zones 6 and warmer, most pond plants can tolerate being left in place without moving them at all.

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Customer Rating

"ZONE LISTING"Carolyn Corey of St. Ignatius, MT

Can't find a zone listing on any of your bog plants. Should be one as just saying "hardy" isn't specific enough. *****We appreciate Carolyn's observation and are working to update our plant descriptions to include the actual zone range for each plant. Thanks Carolyn*****

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