Corn Mint - Mentha arvensis


    Short to medium, hairy plant with a rather sickly sweet scent. Stems ascending to erect. Flowers purplish or pinkish, occasionally white, 3 to 4 mm long in distant, dense whorls, forming spikes that are leafy at the apex.

    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


    Damp habitats, open woodland, around the edges of wet areas.

    When to see it

    July to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Found throughout Britain but scarcer in the north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but probably declining in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 70 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map