White Bogbean flowers with fringed petals

Bogbean

Here is a bouquet of Bogbean flowers (Menyanthes trifoliata), a creeping aquatic perennial found in shallow water as well as damp peaty soil in marshes, fens, and bogs. In this case, found in the Charlton Down Nature Reserve pond. They are not so prolific this year because their habitat is under threat. At the moment there are only a three flowering stems, and they are late to bloom anyway because of the cold spring – so most of these photos were taken last year on 13 May. The white star-shaped flowers have highly unusual fringed petals.