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Oregano

Origanum vulgare

Savor true Italian flavor with garden-fresh oregano. This sprawling herb pumps up the taste in tomato sauces, pizza, and Mediterranean cuisine. An easy-growing perennial, oregano thrives in planting beds or containers. Plant it in a pot with rosemary, sage, and thyme for a flavorful quartet you can place near the kitchen door, handy for snipping and sprinkling into dishes. In the ground, plants will flower and set seed, which shortens the harvest season. Pinch flowers from stems to keep plants in top snipping form.

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Height:

1 to 3 feet

Width:

2-4 feet wide

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Zones:

5-11


how to grow Oregano

more varieties for oregano
Cascading ornamental oregano

Cascading ornamental oregano

Origanum libanoticum is also known as Lebanese oregano and hop oregano, references to its area of origin and the shape of its flower clusters. The plant has fine blue-green foliage, and in summer it sends out wiry arching stems with pendulous pale green papery bracts with pinkish-purple flowers. The plant grows 18 inches tall and 18-24 inches wide. Zones 5-10

Cretan oregano

Cretan oregano

Origanum onites is also known as pot marjoram. This shrubby plant grows 18 inches tall and up to 24 inches wide. Its leaves have an intense oregano flavor. Late in the growing season, when the plant becomes quite woody, the flavor may become bitter. Cut back the plant at that time to encourage tender regrowth. Cretan oregano bears white to pale pink flowers. Zones 7-11

Dittany of Crete

Dittany of Crete

Origanum dictamnus makes an excellent rock garden plant. It has fuzzy gray-green leaves that form a mound 6-8 inches tall. In summer it sends up flower stalks with persistent papery bracts that are light green with a blush of pink. Zones 7-11

Golden oregano

Golden oregano

Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' has yellow-green leaves and white flowers. Like its green-leaf cousin, Greek oregano, it is edible. Golden oregano is sometimes sold as creeping golden marjoram. The plant grows 12-18 inches tall and wide. Zones 6-10

Greek oregano

Greek oregano

Origanum vulgare hirtum offers the best flavor for culinary use. Like all culinary oreganos, it has white flowers. It is often confused with wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare), but true Greek oregano has a much stronger flavor. It grows 6-10 inches tall and spreads 12-18 inches wide. Zones 5-10

'Herrenhausen' ornamental oregano

'Herrenhausen' ornamental oregano

Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen' is a butterfly magnet when in bloom from midsummer through fall. Flowering shoots rise 18-24 inches above the spreading rhizomatous stems. Clusters of pink blooms with purple-maroon bracts make 'Herrenhausen' an excellent fresh or dried cut flower. The plant has dark green foliage with a purplish tinge. Zones 4-10

'Hot & Spicy' Greek oregano

'Hot & Spicy' Greek oregano

Origanum vulgare 'Hot & Spicy' is a type of Greek oregano with an exceptionally intense flavor. Its leaves are dark green. Flowers are white to light pink but not especially showy. It grows 12-18 inches tall and spreads up to 24 inches wide. Zones 5-10

'Jim's Best' oregano

'Jim's Best' oregano

Origanum vulgare 'Jim's Best' is noted for its variegated green-and-gold foliage. The light green leaves are marbled with flecks of yellow. It grows 6-12 inches tall and spreads up to 24 inches wide. It was named by Jim Long of Long Creek Herbs. Zones 5-10

'Pilgrim' ornamental oregano

'Pilgrim' ornamental oregano

Origanum laevigatum 'Pilgrim' ornamental oregano produces masses of rosy pink flowers and bracts on upright arching bloom stalks that reach 15-18 inches tall. This drought-tolerant perennial is great for dry hillside gardens. Zones 5-10


plant oregano with
Lavender

The silvery-gray foliage of lavender complements the green or blue-green leaves of oregano. Both plants love hot, dry, sunny sites and provide fragrance to the garden.

Thyme

The fine creeping foliage of thyme makes a good edger for beds containing oregano. Both culinary and ornamental types of oregano benefit from the textural contrast and the carpet of fragrant foliage that thyme provides.

Veronica

Upright or spreading forms of veronica combine well with oregano. Both have soothing flower colors varying from pink to purple to white, with expansion into the blue range from veronica.

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