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ORIGANUM 'Kent Beauty'

Image of Origanum 'Kent Beauty'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

ORIGANUM 'Kent Beauty'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Round-leaved Oregano

General Description

This truly magnificent perennial cousin of culinary oregano, ‘Kent Beauty,’ is an exceptional container plant when grown all by itself. It is the result of crossing Oregano rotundifolium of Turkey and Armenia with the little known Oregano scabrum. This bushy, trailing perennial produces wiry stems bearing small, oval, blue-green leaves that are quite attractive in their own right. Though not particularly aromatic, they retain some oregano fragrance.

Prized for its bloom, ‘Kent Beauty’ flowers from summer to fall. Its flowers resemble those of hops, dense bundles or whorls of pink bracts (petal-like leaves) that, together with the true leaves, offer a gorgeous effect. Both leaves and flowers are pendulous when grown in pots, dangling over the edge with soft color and interesting form. This plant asks for very well-drained soil kept on the dry side with occasional deep watering. It thrives in full sun but may require afternoon shade in inland heat or in dry climates. The blossoms hold their form and color when cut and dried for crafts and arrangements. Consider this a first-class candidate for pots, window boxes and hanging baskets.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-9" / 15.2cm - 22.9cm

  • Width

    9"-12" / 22.9cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Sea Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Hanging Basket

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No