Also known as:
Eurasia, North America

General description

Short, mat-forming, rhizomatous perennial aquatic herb. Leaves are light green, hairless, alternate and in groups of three. Flowers are small, white, star-shaped and borne in clusters on erect stems in October-April. Seeds are round and orange.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell bogbean. As bogbean is a National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.

Riparian and lake margins, ponds, wetlands.

Sets seed. Vegetative spread from stem extension, rhizomes and stem fragments.

Grows rapidly and clogs waterways.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Stems and roots

Disposal options: Compost stems and roots in a composting weed bag or remove to greenwaste or landfill. Cover terrestrial sites with black plastic or weedmat for 6 to 12 months


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

Basic Growsafe certified
For small infestations on terrestrial sites:
Foliar spray with 0.5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water
For small infestations on aquatic sites:
Foliar spray with 20ml glyphosate green per 1 L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
For medium to large infestations on terrestrial sites:
Foliar spray with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant
For medium to large infestations on aquatic sites:
Foliar spray with 200ml glyphosate green per 10L of water

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMP status

National Pest Plant Accord Species
Bogbean - Main species image