Perennial herb growing at the edge of lakes, ponds and slow-flowing rivers, also widely grown as an ornamental plant.
'Grandad told me bogbean was boiled as a medicine for constipation.'
'Bogbean leaves were dried and made into a tonic.'
Llandrindod Wells, Powys, 1991
'Bogbean locally known as gulsa girse was once used in the treatment of jaundice.'
Lerwick, Shetland, 1994
'Bogbean seems to have been the most widely used plant medicinally, in these parts. Its taste was foul, but it seems to have worked.'
Burravoe, Shetland, 1994
Bogbean is also recorded as being used to treat arthritis. It is used by practitioners of herbal medicine to treat various rheumatoid conditions.