• Irish name: Bachran

  • Scientific name: Menyanthes Trifoliata



The Bogbean is found in shallow water, fens and bogs, and hence its name. The flowers are star-shaped and generally have five petals. The leaves are tri-foliate. When in bloom, the Bogbean is eye-catching because of its soft frilly looking white flowers.

The bogbean fruit resembles a small bean. Its leaves were used in folk medicine for rheumatism, loss of appetite and upset stomach. It is used for flavouring in food manufacturing.