Water Mint - Mentha aquatica


Variable short to tall plant with a strong aromatic small when crushed, but not as sweetly aromatic as some other mints. Flowers lilac-pink 4 to 6 mm long in a dense oblong head often with 1 or 2 distinct whorls of flowers below.

Similar Species

There are many hybrid and naturalised cultivated varieties of mint, making this a difficult genus 

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Flowers in terminal heads, ovate leaves with distinct petioles, calyx tube hairy

Recording advice

Photo of whole plant in flower, including leaves; details of flowers


Any wet or swampy habitat, often with its feet in water.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout Britain except in the Scottish Highlands.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 325 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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