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Connecticut Plants
Buckbean
Menyanthes trifoliata L.

The petals have small hairs, making the flowers look fuzzy.

  • Family: buckbean (Menyanthaceae)
  • Habitat: shallow water of bogs and ponds
  • Height: around 1 foot
  • Flower size: 1/2 to 3/4 inch across
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: May to July
  • Origin: native
Menyanthes trifoliata L.
Menyanthes trifoliata L.
Menyanthes trifoliata L.

The "bean" part of the name "buckbean" comes from the three-parted leaves, which look like bean leaves. Buckbean is, however, unrelated to beans.

Menyanthes trifoliata L.

Photographed in early June in Bruce County, Ontario.