Water Mint - Mentha aquatica

    Description

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

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

    When to see it

    July to September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map