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Oregano

Origanum vulgare

Wild margoram (Eng.), Oreganum (Afr.)

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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.

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.

Geography

Origin
Europe, Eurasia
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand, Clay, Compost
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
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
White, Purples
Scent
Mild

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