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botanical name:
Mentha aquatica
Mentha aquatica © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Water mint
synonyms:  Mentha hirsuta
family:  Lamiaceae
characteristics: perennial, scented/aromatic
height: 1.00m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: very fast
growth habit: aquatic
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: lilac
stem/bark: purple & green
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
description:
A vigorous marginal aquatic that will also thrive in damp soil. Strongly aromatic, dark green leaves. Reddish-purple stems and dense clusters of lilac flowers in summer.

cultivation:
Will grow in any damp soil, including heavy clay, and in water. It thrives in full sun but will also grow happily in partial shade. Easily established as a pond marginal or by river banks. However it can become invasive.

propagation:
Division of rooted stems is easy. Also from seed.

usage:
Sometimes used as a food flavouring, although it is very pungent. Can be prepared as a tea, using either fresh or dried leaves. Has medicinal value for treating digestive problems, sore throats and mouth ulcers.
Very attractive to bees and butterflies.
When growing in water it has a purifying effect and is good in reed-bed sewage treatment ponds.

other notes:
Widely distributed throughout Asia and Europe including Britain.

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