Bogbean is a herbaceous perennial plant that has a long stem and trifoliate leaves. The clustered inflorescence is formed of many small, star-shaped white flowers. The plant blooms from June to July.
Bogbean grows on shallow water or in wet peat. It occurs in peatlands, paludifying or overgrown shores and in ditches. Its area of distribution covers Europe, Asia and North America.
Bogbean has been used as a medicinal herb for stomach diseases, to reduce fever and cure skin problems. During times of austerity in Finland it was also used as food - the plant was fed to cattle and added to flour.
As a common species bogbean requires no conservation measures to secure its viability.
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