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Oregano

Origanum vulgare

Also known as

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

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

4a-9b

USDA zone

-34°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

80cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A photo of Oregano
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Overview

Origanum vulgare is well known by the names Wild Marjoram and Oregano, amongst others. Oregano is a hardy perennial from the Lamiaceae family. It has a spreading habit, typically growing to around 60cm in height. It produces soft, round, oval-shaped aromatic leaves and is well known for its culinary use, especially in Mediterranean dishes. The leaves often have toothed edges and are textured. It is highly recommended for novice gardeners as it is both easy to grow and has a practical use. Oregano produces small, pink-purple to white flowers from purple buds in summer-autumn. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems

Companion plants

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

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.