Wild Parsnip
  Wild Parsnip
Annual Mercury
  Annual Mercury
Annual Wall-Rocket
  Annual Wall-Rocket
Bell Heather
  Bell Heather
Common Hemp Nettle
  Common Hemp Nettle
Bird's-Foot Trefoil
  Bird's-Foot Trefoil
Bird's-Nest Orchid
  Bird's-Nest Orchid
Common Wintercress
  Common Wintercress
Black Bindweed
  Black Bindweed
Black Bryony
  Black Bryony
Black Horehound
  Black Horehound
Black Medick
  Black Medick
Common Bramble
  Common Bramble
Bladder Campion
  Bladder Campion
Bloody Cranesbill
  Bloody Cranesbill
Blue Bugle
  Blue Bugle
Blue Fleabane
  Blue Fleabane
Bog Asphodel
  Bog Asphodel
Branched Bur-Reed
  Branched Bur-Reed
Bristly Ox-Tongue
  Bristly Ox-Tongue
Broad-Leaved Willowherb
  Broad-Leaved Willowherb
Broadleaf Plantain
  Broadleaf Plantain
Everlasting-Pea
  Everlasting-Pea
Brooklime
  Brooklime
Bush Vetch
  Bush Vetch
Buddleia
  Buddleia
Canadian Goldenrod
  Canadian Goldenrod
Carline Thistle
  Carline Thistle
Cat's Ear
  Cat's Ear
Wild Chamomile
  Wild Chamomile
Changing Forget-Me-Not
  Changing Forget-Me-Not
Common Chickweed
  Common Chickweed
Wild Chicory
  Wild Chicory
Cleavers
  Cleavers
Climbing Corydalis
  Climbing Corydalis
Clustered Bellflower
  Clustered Bellflower
Common Agrimony
  Common Agrimony
Common Centaury
  Common Centaury
Russian Comfrey
  Russian Comfrey
Common Fiddleneck
  Common Fiddleneck
Common Fleabane
  Common Fleabane
Marsh Samphire
  Marsh Samphire
Common Knapweed
  Common Knapweed
Common Mallow
  Common Mallow
Mouse-Ear Chickweed
  Mouse-Ear Chickweed
Great Mullein
  Great Mullein
Common Orache
  Common Orache
Common Ragwort
  Common Ragwort
Common Restharrow
  Common Restharrow
Common Spotted Orchid
  Common Spotted Orchid
Common Storksbill
  Common Storksbill
Annual Sunflower
  Annual Sunflower
Common Toadflax
  Common Toadflax
Common Vetch
  Common Vetch
Wild Mint
  Wild Mint
Wall Speedwell
  Wall Speedwell
Cotton Thistle
  Cotton Thistle
Creeping Buttercup
  Creeping Buttercup
Creeping Thistle
  Creeping Thistle
Cross-Leaved Heath
  Cross-Leaved Heath
Cut-Leaved Cranesbill
  Cut-Leaved Cranesbill
Common Daisy
  Common Daisy
Dame's Violet
  Dame's Violet
Common Dandelion
  Common Dandelion
Deadly Nightshade
  Deadly Nightshade
Dog Rose
  Dog Rose
Dove's-Foot Cranesbill
  Dove's-Foot Cranesbill
Dropwort
  Dropwort
Dwarf Gorse
  Dwarf Gorse
Dwarf Thistle
  Dwarf Thistle
Elecampane
  Elecampane
Enchanter's Nightshade
  Enchanter's Nightshade
English Stonecrop
  English Stonecrop
Eyebright
  Eyebright
Fairy Flax
  Fairy Flax
Fat Hen
  Fat Hen
Common Fennel
  Common Fennel
Feverfew
  Feverfew
Field Bindweed
  Field Bindweed
Blue Field Madder
  Blue Field Madder
Field Poppy
  Field Poppy
Field Scabious
  Field Scabious
Water Figwort
  Water Figwort
Wood Forget-Me-Not
  Wood Forget-Me-Not
Common Foxglove
  Common Foxglove
Common Fumitory
  Common Fumitory
Common Hogweed
  Common Hogweed
Goat's Rue
  Goat's Rue
European Goldenrod
  European Goldenrod
Golden Samphire
  Golden Samphire
Great Burnet
  Great Burnet
Great Willowherb
  Great Willowherb
Greater Burdock
  Greater Burdock
Greater Celandine
  Greater Celandine
Greater Knapweed
  Greater Knapweed
Greater Sea-Spurrey
  Greater Sea-Spurrey
Yellow Rattle
  Yellow Rattle
Green Alkanet
  Green Alkanet
Ground Elder
  Ground Elder
Common Groundsel
  Common Groundsel
Gypsywort
  Gypsywort
Hairy St John's-Wort
  Hairy St John's-Wort
Harebell
  Harebell
Heath Speedwell
  Heath Speedwell
Hedge Bedstraw
  Hedge Bedstraw
Hedge Bindweed
  Hedge Bindweed
Common Hedge Mustard
  Common Hedge Mustard
Upright Hedge Parsley
  Upright Hedge Parsley
Hedge Woundwort
  Hedge Woundwort
Hedgerow Cranesbill
  Hedgerow Cranesbill
Hemp Agrimony
  Hemp Agrimony
Herb Robert
  Herb Robert
Himalayan Balsam
  Himalayan Balsam
Himalayan Honeysuckle
  Himalayan Honeysuckle
Wild Honeysuckle
  Wild Honeysuckle
Common Hop
  Common Hop
Ivy-Leaved Toadflax
  Ivy-Leaved Toadflax
Ivy-Leaved Speedwell
  Ivy-Leaved Speedwell
Jack-Go-To-Bed-At-Noon
  Jack-Go-To-Bed-At-Noon
Common Kidney Vetch
  Common Kidney Vetch
Common Knotweed
  Common Knotweed
Lady's Bedstraw
  Lady's Bedstraw
Large-Flowered Evening Primrose
  Large-Flowered Evening Primrose
Lesser Burdock
  Lesser Burdock
Lesser Stitchwort
  Lesser Stitchwort
Lesser Water Parsnip
  Lesser Water Parsnip
Common Heather
  Common Heather
Wild Marjoram
  Wild Marjoram
Marsh Mallow
  Marsh Mallow
Marsh St John's-Wort
  Marsh St John's-Wort
Marsh Thistle
  Marsh Thistle
Marsh Woundwort
  Marsh Woundwort
Meadow Buttercup
  Meadow Buttercup
Meadow Cranesbill
  Meadow Cranesbill
Meadow Vetchling
  Meadow Vetchling
Meadowsweet
  Meadowsweet
Mind-Your-Own-Business
  Mind-Your-Own-Business
Monkey Flower
  Monkey Flower
Monkshood
  Monkshood
Montbretia
  Montbretia
Mugwort
  Mugwort
Musk Mallow
  Musk Mallow
Musk Thistle
  Musk Thistle
Nettle-Leaved Bellflower
  Nettle-Leaved Bellflower
Nipplewort
  Nipplewort
Opium Poppy
  Opium Poppy
Orange Balsam
  Orange Balsam
Oregon Grape
  Oregon Grape
Oxeye Daisy
  Oxeye Daisy
Oxford Ragwort
  Oxford Ragwort
Peach-leaved Bellflower
  Peach-leaved Bellflower
Perforate St John's-Wort
  Perforate St John's-Wort
Pineapple Mayweed
  Pineapple Mayweed
Pink Sorrel
  Pink Sorrel
Ploughman's Spikenard
  Ploughman's Spikenard
Prickly Sow Thistle
  Prickly Sow Thistle
Procumbent Yellow Sorrel
  Procumbent Yellow Sorrel
Purple Loosestrife
  Purple Loosestrife
Purple Salsify
  Purple Salsify
Purple Toadflax
  Purple Toadflax
Pyramidal Orchid
  Pyramidal Orchid
Ragged-Robin
  Ragged-Robin
Red Bartsia
  Red Bartsia
Red Bistort
  Red Bistort
Red Campion
  Red Campion
Red Clover
  Red Clover
Red Dead-Nettle
  Red Dead-Nettle
Red Shank
  Red Shank
Red Valerian
  Red Valerian
Ribwort Plantain
  Ribwort Plantain
River Water-Crowfoot
  River Water-Crowfoot
Rock Samphire
  Rock Samphire
Common Rock-Rose
  Common Rock-Rose
Rosebay Willowherb
  Rosebay Willowherb
Rough Hawkbit
  Rough Hawkbit
Sulphur Cinquefoil
  Sulphur Cinquefoil
Round-Headed Rampion
  Round-Headed Rampion
Round-Leaved Cranesbill
  Round-Leaved Cranesbill
Round-Leaved Sundew
  Round-Leaved Sundew
Common Sainfoin
  Common Sainfoin
Salad Burnet
  Salad Burnet
Wood Sanicle
  Wood Sanicle
Scarlet Pimpernel
  Scarlet Pimpernel
Sea Beet
  Sea Beet
Sea Bindweed
  Sea Bindweed
Sea Bittersweet
  Sea Bittersweet
Wild Cabbage
  Wild Cabbage
Sea Pea
  Sea Pea
Sea Purslane
  Sea Purslane
Portland Spurge
  Portland Spurge
Common Sea-Lavender
  Common Sea-Lavender
Common Selfheal
  Common Selfheal
Shepherd's Purse
  Shepherd's Purse
Silverweed
  Silverweed
Common Skullcap
  Common Skullcap
Slender Thistle
  Slender Thistle
Small Balsam
  Small Balsam
Small Scabious
  Small Scabious
Small Teasel
  Small Teasel
Small Toadflax
  Small Toadflax
Smooth Sow Thistle
  Smooth Sow Thistle
Common Soapwort
  Common Soapwort
Spanish Broom
  Spanish Broom
Spear Thistle
  Spear Thistle
Long-Leaved Speedwell
  Long-Leaved Speedwell
Spotted Medick
  Spotted Medick
Sticky Groundsel
  Sticky Groundsel
Stinging Nettle
  Stinging Nettle
Tansy
  Tansy
Thyme-Leaved Speedwell
  Thyme-Leaved Speedwell
Hairy Tare
  Hairy Tare
Tormentil
  Tormentil
Traveller's Joy
  Traveller's Joy
Tree Mallow
  Tree Mallow
Tufted Vetch
  Tufted Vetch
Twiggy Mullein
  Twiggy Mullein
Common Valerian
  Common Valerian
Common Vervain
  Common Vervain
Viper's Bugloss
  Viper's Bugloss
Wall Lettuce
  Wall Lettuce
Water Forget-Me-Not
  Water Forget-Me-Not
Water Mint
  Water Mint
Water Speedwell
  Water Speedwell
Watercress
  Watercress
Wavy Bittercress
  Wavy Bittercress
Welsh Poppy
  Welsh Poppy
Welted Thistle
  Welted Thistle
White Bryony
  White Bryony
White Campion
  White Campion
White Clover
  White Clover
White Dead-Nettle
  White Dead-Nettle
White Melilot
  White Melilot
White Water-Lily
  White Water-Lily
Common Yarrow
  Common Yarrow
Wild Basil
  Wild Basil
Wild Carrot
  Wild Carrot
Wild Mignonette
  Wild Mignonette
Wild Teasel
  Wild Teasel
Wild Thyme
  Wild Thyme
Wood Avens
  Wood Avens
Wood Sage
  Wood Sage
Woody Nightshade
  Woody Nightshade
Yellow Corydalis
  Yellow Corydalis
Yellow Horned Poppy
  Yellow Horned Poppy
Yellow Iris, Yellow Flag
  Yellow Iris
Garden Loosestrife
  Garden Loosestrife
Yellow Pimpernel
  Yellow Pimpernel
Yellow Melilot
  Yellow Melilot
Yellow Vetchling
  Yellow Vetchling
Yellow-Wort
  Yellow-Wort
Common Sorrel
  Common Sorrel
Fox-and-Cubs
  Fox-and-Cubs
Hairy Bittercress
  Hairy Bittercress
Navelwort
  Navelwort
Petty Spurge
  Petty Spurge
Procumbent Pearlwort
  Procumbent Pearlwort
Charlock Mustard
  Charlock Mustard
Field Speedwell
  Field Speedwell
Sea Thrift
  Sea Thrift
Sea Plantain
  Sea Plantain
Sheep's Bit Scabious
  Sheep's Bit Scabious
Sun Spurge
  Sun Spurge
Houndstongue
  Houndstongue
Common Milkwort
  Common Milkwort
Japanese Rose
  Japanese Rose
Sea Spurge
  Sea Spurge
Wild Clary
  Wild Clary
Hoary Plantain
  Hoary Plantain
Shining Cranesbill
  Shining Cranesbill
Sand Primrose
  Sand Primrose
Pellitory-of-the-Wall
  Pellitory-of-the-Wall
Sticky Storksbill
  Sticky Storksbill
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Water Mint Mentha aquatica 

 
 
Attracts BeesBees are attracted to this plant
Attracts ButterfliesButterflies are attracted to this plant
Attracts HoverfliesHoverflies are attracted to this plant
Perennial Life CyclePerennial life cycle
Tubular FlowersTubular flowers
Lilac FlowersLilac flowers
4 Petals4 petals
Jul-Sep Flowering
period
Oval LeavesOval leaves
Forwardly-Toothed LeavesForwardly-toothed leaves
Square StemSquare stem
Fibrous RootsFibrous roots
100cmMaximum height
 
 
  Main image of Water Mint
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Water Mint is a native perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in water margins and wetlands, to a mature height of up to 100cm.

Water Mint, although related, is a different species to those commonly used in the kitchen, such as: Spearmint (Mentha spicata) and Moroccan Mint (Mentha spicata var. crispa 'Moroccan'). Water Mint is sometimes used but it has a stronger, more pungent flavour than most culinary mints and is more suited for making mint tea.

Botanic classification and naming: Water Mint is a member of the Mint (Lamiaceae) family. The genus name 'Mentha' identifies the plant as a Mint and its species name 'aquatica' means 'water plant'.

Concerns: Note that unsupervised foraging may cause damage to wild plants and misidentification of forage species may be dangerous. The complete removal of a plant from the wild is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981).

 
Flower of Water Mint

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Flowers:
Water Mint usually flowers between July and September.

Flower colour:

Flower Colour Lilac

Lilac

Flower shape:

Flower Shape  Tubular

Tubular

Petals:

Petal Number =  4

4

Leaf of Water Mint

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Leaves:

Leaf Shape:

Leaf Shape is Oval

Oval

Leaf Margins:

Leaf Margin is forwardly-toothed

forwardly-toothed

Stem of Water Mint

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Stem and Roots:

Stem shape:

Stem Shape is Square

Square

Root type:

Root Type is Fibrous

Fibrous