Water Mint - Mentha aquatica, click for a larger image
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Water Mint - Mentha aquatica
Family - Lamiaceae

A mint - scented aquatic perennial growing to 60cm (24in) in damp ground, ditches, wet meadows, pond sides and sometimes even in standing water.  Oval, toothed short stalked leaves borne on pale red hairy or sparsely hairy stems.  Lilac-pink flowers 2cm (0.8in) long on short stalks carried in dense widely seperated clusters appearing July-October on the end of the upright stems.  Popular with insects.  Mound over most of Europe, Asia and Africa.

FBCP do not advise or recommend that Water Mint - Mentha aquatica is eaten or used as an herbal remedy.   Contains limited amounts of menthol and tannins, used for stomach and digestive disorders and as a flavouring.

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