Windswept Mint Yamadori

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Windswept Mint Yamadori

Post  sayotefries on Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:40 pm

Hello IBC,

Let me share to you my recently collected wild peppermint or yerba buena, Clinopodium douglasii (not sure with the name it may be Mentha sp.). When it was collected it had a natural windswept style to it.  Just some rough trimming was done on it.  It is yet to be completely wired and a lot more work on its soil and stone slab.  I still haven't seen any mint herbs being used as a bonsai material.  What are your thoughts on it?

Have a good one guys!

Dan



Trunk detail


Bell-like flower structure


Collected on a very dry area just beside this scenic river


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Windswept Mint

Post  bonsaisr on Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:15 am

The correct name of your plant is Micromeria douglasii. The only mint species usually grown for bonsai in this part of the world are rosemary (Rosmarinus sp.) and bonsai mint, Plectranthus ernstii (often misspelled). However, the Internet mentions a few other Micromeria species occasionally recommended for bonsai. The verbena family is closely related to the mints; notice the square stem. Several members of the Verbenaceae are grown as bonsai in warm countries, especially Lantana.
Go for it. cheers 
Iris


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Re: Windswept Mint Yamadori

Post  sayotefries on Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:23 am

Thanks Iris for the response. We can always rely on you for the species identification. Smile. Though I find some of the photos of Micromeria douglasii not to match some characteristics of this herb. Specifically on the height and the spread of the plant. But it may be due to the environmental parameters as this species are usually found in the wild and not cultivated. In time, we may be able to see some difference. I'll try to post more photos of this herb for a better guide.

We shall see, says the blind man.

Dan

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Re: Windswept Mint Yamadori

Post  bonsaisr on Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:42 am

sayotefries wrote:
We shall see, says the blind man.
Dan
as he picked up his hammer and saw. "You're lying," said the dummy.
Iris

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