Mentha x piperita - Peppermint
Peppermint is often found as a garden escape, but this hybrid between M. aquatica
and M. spicata
does occur naturally. It grows in damp places, particularly by streams, and has also been recorded in damp areas on the dunes around Hayle (SW53U & SW54Q). Recent records include by a stream at Boswednack (SW43N, 1997, C.N.French), Polzeath (SW97J, 1992, R.W.David), by a stream at Trewetha (SX07E, 1997, M.Atkinson), a stream bank at Gimble Mill (SX26P, 1997, M.Atkinson) and by a stream near Siblyback Farm (SX27G, 1997, D.Dupree). On the Isles of Scilly it is found on St. Mary's (SV91A, 1994, A.Underhill) and the Garrison (SV80Z, 1995, C.N.French).
Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick
French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.