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Mentha aquatica

Common Name(s):   Water Mint
Scientific Name:   Mentha aquatica

Mentha aquatica, more commonly known as Water Mint, is an aromatic plant, growing to 80cm in height and possessing the characteristic minty smell. Stem almost hairless, or weakly hairy. The leaves are short-stalked, oval and toothed. Flowers are stalked, either at the end of a stem or in the axils of the uppermost leaves, in fairly dense clusters. Calyx tube-shaped and five-lobed. Corolla 5-7 mm long with a ring of hairs in the tube and four even corolla lobes. There are four stamens, extending outside the corolla. The flowering season is July to October. Habitat can be river banks, pool edges, wet meadows, wet woodland and marshes. Distributed commonly throughout most of the UK.

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