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Mentha aquatica

Menthe aquatique
Water Mint

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

4-6 mm

Flowering months

June,

July,

August,

September

Leaf type

Elliptic,

Ovate

Height

to 1 m

Description

A strongly scented variable herb, hybridises readily with other mints. Angular, smooth or hairy, much-branched stem on a creeping rootstock.

Wet meadows, shallow margins of streams, ditches and along rivers.

Flowers

The flower head is rounded, pinkish-purple, with 1 or 2 whorls beneath.

Leaves

Ovate leaf is egg-shaped, wider at base, Elliptic oval leaf. Egg-shaped to oval smooth or hairy, serrated with stalks, 2-6 cm.

Fruits Seeds

Nut: 1-4 small nuts that do not split open when ripe, enclosed within the calyx.

Edible

Leaves.

Medical

Leaves: to stimulate bile flow, improve digestion and relieve spasms.

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