Tall Mint - Mentha arvensis x aquatica x spicata = M. x smithiana

    Alt Name
    Mentha x smithiana

    This is a three way cross between Corn Mint, Water Mint and Spear Mint. It can reach 2 to 3 feet in height and has exserted (much extended) stamens.

    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 or wet places, sometimes as a garden throw-out.

    When to see it

    Flowers July to September or early October.

    Life History

    Rhizomatous perennial herb.

    UK Status

    Widespread but occasional in Britain. It may be under recorded due to difficulty of identification.

    VC55 Status

    Local and quite scarce or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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