Buckbean, Menyanthes trifoliata

Buck Bean Flower, photographer Shari Brewer

The Greek name Menyanthes; "Men" month and "anththes" flower pertains to the fact that this thick fleshy flower is very long lasting. The common name "Buckbean" comes from the fact that this succulent plant is a favorite food for deer and that the flower capsule looks a bit like a bean. It has a history as being used as a medicinal for migraine headaches, fevers and more.

Around June you can find Buckbean growing along the edges of Kirk's Lake, Prairie Mountain Lake, Segelson LakeTexas Pond and other swamps and bogs in the Darrington area.