Wild Margoram , 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.
Leaves can be harvested throughout the year.
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
Divide clumps in the Spring and replant.
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.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Loam, Sand, Clay, Compost
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
The leaves are used as a culinary herb that is present in Mediterranean cuisine.
It is known for its effective anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial qualities.