Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
Origanum vulgare 'Nanum'
This compact, spreading oregano is densely branched and ideal for rock gardens and walls as well as herb gardens. Common oregano is one of the many beloved European herbs in the mint family. Its flavor is especially prominent in southern Italian, Spanish and Greek cooking. The tough herbaceous perennial is quite hardy and spreads vigorously via rhizomes. In fact, it can become quite weedy if not regularly maintained.
The upright stems of this clump-forming herb are lined with highly fragrant, small, oval leaves. The strong fragrance comes from oil-filled hairs along the surface of the leaves, called trichomes. In summer, clusters of small lavender white flowers appear at the stem tips. These attract many insect pollinators, especially bees. Once spent, the flowers should be cut off to keep the plants looking clean and to encourage foliage development rather than seed.
Full sun and moderate to poor soil with good drainage will suffice for this Mediterranean plant. Neutral to alkaline soil is preferred. If culturally happy, it can spread quickly. If this happens, simply divide it every two years or so, and share the divisions with herb-loving friends. It can also be container grown. An herb garden is not complete without oregano. The leaves can be enjoyed fresh or dried and taste excellent in pasta sauce, on meat, fish and vegetables.
10 - 2
4 - 9
H1, 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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm
24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Light Pink, Lavender
Green, Dark Green
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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