Water mint – Mentha aquatica

Water mint (Mentha aquatica) is a versatile plant, thriving in wet mud or shallow water, making it ideal for camouflaging the edge of an artificial pond. It grows in sun or shade – in shade the hairy, oval leaves are bright green, while in full sun they turn purple.

The spikes of small, mauve-lilac flowers, arranged in tight, rounded clusters, appear in late summer. A distinctive characteristic of the plant is its strong minty smell.

Cultivation

Water mint is an invasive plant, so it is advisable to plant if in ;I container and sink this in wet mud or shallow water – a marginal shelf is ideal.

Plant in spring or autumn, in shade or lull sun. Trim back any stems that are encroaching on neighbouring plants.

Propagation: Increase by removing rooted suckers and replanting in late spring to early summer. Cuttings also root very easily at the same time.

Pests and diseases: Trouble free.

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