Oregano

Origanum vulgare

Wild Marjoram, English Marjoram, Grove Marjoram, Pot Marjoram, Wintersweet

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Oregano is a hardy perennial with a spreading habit with soft round aromatic leaves. It is well known for its culinary use, especially in Mediterranean dishes. It is highly recommended for novice gardeners as it is both easy to grow and has a practical use.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Leaves can be harvested throughout the year.

Propagation

Seed

Sow during the Spring onto a bed of moist compost. The seeds need light to germinate and so only a very light covering of compost or a layer of vermiculite is needed. Germination takes 1-2 weeks

Division

Divide clumps in the Spring and replant.

Cuttings

Make 10-15cm long cuttings and root in a glass of water on a windowsill or keep moist in a well-draining potting soil mix.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Bees and butterflies.

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Ground cover

Special features

Origin

Europe, Eurasia

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand, Clay, Compost

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible

The leaves are used as a culinary herb that is present in Mediterranean cuisine.

Medicinal

It is known for its effective anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial qualities.

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

Purple, White

Scent

Mild

Companion plants

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