Mentha aquatica - Water Mint

Water Mint

A native plant found in damp ditches, fens and by the banks of streams, Mentha aquatica is a fast-growing, deciduous, herbaceous perennial, spreading by way of rhizomes, and also ‘rafting’ out across the water of ponds. The pointed, deeply veined leaves are green, with an unmistakable minty scent. The flowers are rounded, rather globular, and pale lavender-mauve. The leaves are particularly useful brewed into a tisane for upset stomachs. Water mint attracts bees, butterflies, hoverflies and amphibians, so is a useful addition to a wildlife pond.

Position: Full sun or partial shade
Planting depth: Wet mud at the pond margin, or in a basket no more than 6”/15cm deep
Growth rate: Vigorous
Flowering period: July to September
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: 8–12”’ (20-30cm) Spread: 39” (1m)

Type | Size: Pot | AQ9cm
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