Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Gearagh, Co.Cork

Spear Mint
Mentha spicata
Cartlainn gharraí
Family: Lamiaceae

Flowering time: July-October. Perennial. Introduced.

Dense terminal spikes of pinky-mauve flowers. Stamens protruding.
Leaves lanceolate or narrow-ovate, more/less un-stalked.
More/less hairless plant. Strongly aromatic. Rhizomatus. Height: To 90cm.

Damp or wet ground. Waste ground, roadsides, usually near habitation.
Occasional garden escape.

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