Corn Mint: mint of the fields? | Nature Notes from Dorset

Where would you expect to find a flower species called corn mint (Mentha arvensis)? Arvensis means 'of the field' so it is, on the face of it, likely to be weed of cultivated ground is it not? Such are the vagaries of English common names, however, that I have only ever encountered this flower in damp areas of woodland, often on or by pathways. My book says it also occurs in damp fields and grasslands but it adds that as something of an after thought.
It is less well known than its close relative water mint, but corn mint is, none the less, a fairly common flower in Dorset 

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