Water Spearmint Preslia Cervina - 9cm Pot x 3
Mentha Aquatica is a dainty marginal and pondside plant with slender leaves and powdery blue flowers. The flowers are born in alluring clusters around the stems, and give off a delicate spearmint scent when brushed. The pleasant foliage of Preslia Cervina can be used in the same way as other mints, and the attractive flowers are a favourite with flying pond insects, butterflies and bees. This vigorous marginal plant will quickly establish itself in shallow water or moist ground.
- Foliage Colour: deep green
- Flower Colour: lilac
- Approx. Growth Height: 40cm
- Max. Spread: 30cm
- Planting Time: spring
- Flowering Time: mid-summer, early autumn
- Fragrance: minty aroma when brushed
- Edible Parts: leaves
- Attracts: bees, butterflies and small flies
- Uses: zone 1 & 2 of a pond, swamps, fens, marshes, near rivers, streams, wet woods, bog gardens
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Growing Habit: low rafting
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: fast, vigorous
- suitable for small, medium and large ponds
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial sun
- Moisture: shallow water, damp soil
- Soil requirements: acidic, neutral, alkaline, boggy, sandy, chalky
Plant in a medium sized pot with up to 10cm of water above the planting basket or in the damp soil. Plant spacing: 20-30cm. Aquatic and marginal plants should be placed in pond plant baskets filled with aquatic soil (sold separately) and topped with a thin layer of gravel to help prevent the soil from washing away. This plant is suitable for zones 1 & 2 of a pond.
Caring and Maintenance:
This is a very low maintenance yet vigorous pond side plant which spreads to form large clumps quickly; cut back unrequired growth at any time. Preslia Cervina can be grown from seeds as well.
Marginal and pondside plants add interest, colour and structure to ponds, and offer the benefit of delightful fragrance. They are ideal for places near to patio or decking areas, where their sweet aroma can be appreciated. The plants can be positioned around the perimeter of a pond or on levelled shelves for original and attractive exposure. Marginal plants should be planted in boggy ground or shallow water for optimal growth results.