Garden Mint - Mentha


This incudes a number of species and hybrids in the Mentha spicata group, which are cultivated in gardens and often naturalised.  They are very difficult to separate.  Usually 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

Damp habitats, waster ground, former allotments.

When to see it

July to October.

Life History


UK Status

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

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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