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Water Mint

Mentha aquatica

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Lilac with hairy sepals and stalks. Flowers in a round head at the top of the stem, often with extra flowers in whorls at the bases of the upper leaves.
Fruit:
A 4-parted, yellowish-brown seed (schizocarp).
Leaves:
The stalked leaves are in opposite pairs. The leaf veins are prominent and the margins are toothed. This plant is said to repel flies.
Maximum Size:
90cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. You can use the leaves in the same way you would for any other type of mint. For example, you can make tea from the leaves.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The leaves and flowers have a very strong and pleasant smell of mint.
Other Names:
Marsh Mint.
Habitats:
Bogs, ditches, fens, marshes, meadows, ponds, waterside.