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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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11 August, 2010

Corn Mint (Mentha arvensis)

Less well known than its close relative Water Mint, Corn Mint is, none the less, a very common flower in Dorset.

Unmistakably a labiate with square stem, pointed leaves and tubular flowers but it is quite different to Water Mint despite its similarities. The flowers are blue, often a pale blue, and the occur in whorls around the stem just above where the leaves occur. The leaves are green rather than purple.

The Corn Mint flowers from May trough to September and occurs mainly in woodlands and sometimes in meadows, often where the ground is damp rather than wet.

It can grow in similar places to Water Mint and there are known to be hybrids of the two so that can make identification difficult.