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Bog bean Menyanthes trifoliata

Also known as: water shamrock, moonflower


Best time to see: mid Apr to mid Jun

Key facts

A creeping plant of freshwater bogs and shallow ponds

Large trefoil leaves are held upright above the surface

Upright spikes of pink-and-white flowers appear in spring

Extras

Leaves were used to treat rheumatism

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