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Creeping water mint ?

Observed: 10th August 2013 By: John BrattonJohn Bratton’s reputation in PlantsJohn Bratton’s reputation in PlantsJohn Bratton’s reputation in PlantsJohn Bratton’s reputation in Plants
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I've not seen prostrate water mint before, but this smellt like water mint and there were typical upright flowering plants nearby. It was on the exposed bed of a small lake. (Photographed on my doorstep, not in situ.)

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John Bratton's picture

Stace says water mint has a

Stace says water mint has a strong pleasant scent and describes pulegium as pungent. Another book described pulegium as smelling sickly. Can anyone comment on how different they smell, please? M. pulegium would be a very good record on Anglesey, though it would leave me open to prosecution.

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Scent is rather subjective

- I don't consider the scent of water mint to be pleasant.

My opinion was that the plant didn't look all that like water mint (and I think it wasn't just the prostrate habit), but that if the odour was the same then water mint was the likely ID. However I though that it was worth bringing up pennyroyal as an alternative (in hindsight perhaps a comment might have been preferable to an alternative identification).

I'm looking for feedback from an expert. I've also taken a note to myself to look at the colony that Tim Rich told me was pennyroyal (I though it was corn mint). (The rarity of pennyroyal hadn't clicked with me.)