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Compact Oregano

Origanum vulgare 'Compactum'

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Half-hardy

4a-9b

USDA zone

-34°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Compact Oregano Overview

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. 'Compactum' is a cultivar that has been bred to have smaller habit and leaves which makes it an ideal plant for pots.

Common problems with Compact Oregano

Compact Oregano Companion Plants

How to harvest Compact Oregano

Leaves can be harvested throughout the year.

How to propagate Compact Oregano

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 of Compact Oregano

Ground cover

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Compact Oregano

Culinary, walls, rock garden, banks, border, edging, ground cover, aroma

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.