Menyanthaceae
Menyanthes trifoliata

Buckbean

Ascending to prostrate stems 2–12 in. long. Basal leaves divided into 3 oblong entire leaflets, each sessile or with short petiole. Foul-smelling flower cluster tops stem. Flowers white tinted pink, funnel-shaped, with 1/4–1/2 in. spreading lobes with tips reflexed back, many long hairs on inner surface. Grows in water at edges of bogs, marshes, along lakes, wet meadows, seeps, below 10,000 ft.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--18 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Lake/Pond
  • Found In: West Gorge, Wallowas, Mt. Rainier NP, Olympic NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes