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Water Mint


A very common plant of damp habitats like ponds, slow moving rivers and wet meadows.


 

  • Water Mint: pick me up

    Post date: Wednesday, 17 August, 2016 - 21:15

    When walking by a pond or a slow moving river you will almost certainly encounter water mint (Mentha aquatica). It grows anywhere there is fresh water, indeed, anywhere the ground is usually damp. It is very common in Dorset where its preferred habitat exists flowering from July right through until October.

    It is easy to identify this species as being mint, just take a leaf and have a sniff, all that is missing is the roast lamb! Water mint has this purple tinged green in the leaves like many of the labiate (or mint) family. The flowers are pale mauve and are formed around the top of the stem.

    The leaves of water mint can be dried and used to make a herbal tea while the plant contains a chemical known for its beneficial properties in the treatment of deprerssion. So, if you are feeling down why not have a nice cuppa?


     

     

Common Name Water Mint
Scientific Name Mentha aquatica
Species Group Deadnettle Family Lamiaceae
Status
Interest Level
1
Visabile
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Mint family - Labiatae
Status Locally frequent
Flower Colour Group Purple
Visible
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for Globual purple flower heads on a plant with purplish leaves and stem
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Deadnettle Family Lamiaceae