Known as- Oregano
Grow Zone - 4 to 8
Type- Herbaceous perennial
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 1 to 1.5 ft.
Span- 1 to 1.5 ft.
Coloring- White to pink
Shade/Light- Full sun
Moisture- Dry to moderate dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, arid to moderate wet, well-drained soil in full
sun. Trim plants before flowering to encourage foliage growth.
This common oregano is an herb that is grown almost exclusively for culinary
use. A rhizomatous, sprawling plant which typically grows to 18’
tall with a similar spread. Features pungently aromatic, flavorful, oval,
dark green leaves (to 1’ long) which are commonly used in cooking
as a seasoning. Leaves may be clipped fresh as needed or dried for year-round
use. Best leaf flavor usually occurs just prior to flowering, but the
quality of flavor can vary considerably from plant to plant. Tiny, white
to rosy pink flowers appear in loose, terminal or axillary spikes throughout
No serious insect or disease problems. Root rot can be a problem, particularly
in wet, poorly drained soils.
Primarily grown in the herb or vegetable garden. If ornamental value is
the primary consideration as opposed to culinary use, there are a number
of Origanum hybrids and O. vulgare cultivars which display showier flowers
and/or more colorful foliage (e.g., see O. “Herrenhausen”
- E410 or O. “Rosenkuppel” - T200).