Whorled Mint - Mentha arvensis x aquatica = M. x verticillata

    Description

    This is a natural hybrid between Corn Mint (M. arvensis) and Water Mint (M. aquatica) it has whorls of mauve flowers and may have either flowers or leaves at the top of the stem. Leaves are stalked, toothed and hairy. It is a taller plant than Corn Mint.

    Habitat

    Damp grassland, river banks and water margins.

    When to see it

    Flowering July to October.

    Life History

    Perennial. Sterile hybrid, spreads vegetatively by underground rhizomes.

    UK Status

    Widespread in much of Britain except the far north.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 12 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map