Apple-mint - Mentha spicata x suaveolens = M. x villosa

    Alt Name
    Apple Mint
    Description

    Medium to tall, sweetly scented, hairy plant. Stem usually covered in white down. Leaves oval to almost rounded, grey or white downy beneath, mostly unstalked, toothed, the teeth often slightly bent downwards. Flowers pinkish or purplish, sometimes white, in a dense terminal, slender spike, often branched.

    Similar Species

    other mints, including hybrids and garden varieties

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    Habitat

    Ditches and along roadsides, wet places.

    When to see it

    August and September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread but local plant in Britain, most frequent in southern England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 15 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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