Spear Mint - Mentha spicata

    Description

    Medium to tall, green or greyish plant, strongly and sweetly aromatic. Leaves lanceolate to narrowly ovate, sharply toothed, flowers pinkish, purplish or white 2 to 3.5 mm long in a long dense spike, sometimes branched.

    Similar Species

    other mints, including hybrids and garden varieties

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Damp habitats.

    When to see it

    July to October.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widely naturalised in Britain, but rather occasional and local. It is classed as an 'archaeophyte' (ancient introduction).

    VC55 Status

    It is scarce as a wild plant in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 28 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map