Information on Selected Wetland Species
Mentha aquatica L.
||Shallow margins and channels of streams, rivers,
pools, dykes, ditches, canals, wet meadows, marshes and fens. It generally occurs on
mildly acid to calcareous (it is common on soft limestone) mineral or peaty soils.
||A perennial plant, it
is generally about 90cm tall, although it may reach heights of 150cm when supported by
taller vegetation. It has a distinctly minty smell. It is an emergent
||Flowers are pinkish-lilac and can be found from
July to September. It is insect-pollinated.
|It is common throughout most of the
British Isles, except for parts of the Scottish Highlands. It also occurs throughout
Europe, except in the extreme north.
Sources of Information
British Water Plants. S. Haslam, C. Sinker and
P. Wolseley. The Field Studies Council 1975 (1982 ed.)