This plant attracts the following butterflies:

Comma, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White

Memorable images of 2003:

thumbnail link Small White. August 30.

thumbnail link Red Admiral. August 30.

thumbnail link Small Tortoiseshell - moving! August 19.

thumbnail link Gatekeeper. August 8.

Mentha aquatica

Water Mint

Whilst out on a guided Nature walk beside the Thames path, I saw Gatekeeper and Peacock butterflies on Water Mint.

thumbnail link Gatekeeper. August 3. Beside the Thames path (Waterhay).

thumbnail link Peacock. August 3. Beside the Thames path (Waterhay).


Sightings 2005:

Image of Small Tortoiseshell on Water Mint

Visiting the Matara garden at Kingscote in Gloucestershire, I saw Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on the water mint beside the ponds. 4 September.


I always forget which varieties of Mint I've planted in the garden. 2003 was the first year to attract butterflies to the Mint. It had spread well in 4 years under a Buddleia bush. As well as Small White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Gatekeeper, I photographed a Peacock on August 2 and a Comma on September 2.

Reference Section

Plant Type: hardy herbaceous perennial

Flowers in August

Height: 90cm
Spread: 60cm or more

invasive - the roots spread - many gardening books recommend some kind of barrier or planting in a pot

This page last updated December 9, 2005