Irish wildflowers

Peppermint, Mentha x piperita
Photographs: County Cork

Mentha x piperita (Mentha aquatica x M. spicata)
Lus an phiobar
Family: Lamiaceae

Flowering time: July-September. Perennial. Introduced.

Hybrid between Water Mint, M. aquatica and Spearmint, M. spicata.
Lilac-purple flowers in terminal spikes. Calyx tube and leaves almost hairless.
Stalked leaves, oval-lanceolate, usually toothed. Peppermint-scented.
Erect, often reddish stems. Very variable. Height: To 90cm.

Damp ground, streamsides, wet roadsides.
Occasional garden escape.

      Peppermint, Mentha x piperita

Photographs above: Toons Bridge, Co.Cork. August 2008.

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