Water Mint / Spring / Summer / Autumn / Edible
Identification Guide for Water Mint
A fairly common, perennial member of the mentha family, it can be found near water or in damp woodlands.
Kingdom – Plantae
Order – Lamiales
Family – Lamiaceae
Physical Characteristics for Water Mint
Like all members of the mint family they have square stems. Up to 90 cm tall, the stem can be green to purple in colour.
The leaves grow in opposite pairs, they are oval and toothed, they can be green to purple depending on age and smell minty when crushed.
The individual flowers are tiny but they appear as clusters at the tops of the stems and are lilac to purple in colour.
The plant produces wide-spreading rhizomes that are brown in colour.
Damp environments, riverbanks, canals, damp woodlands.
Could be Confused with…
With the distinctive aroma it could only really be confused with other members of the mint family, this species is distinguished by growing near water.
Use as you would shop bought mint. It can be added to salads, pesto’s and dressing. It makes a lovely refreshing tea.
Notes on Herbal Uses
The plant is a mild sedative and is useful in treating stomach upsets and calming the nerves.
Extra notes from the Foragers
When this species hybridises with Spearmint (Mentha spicata) it produces Peppermint.