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Italian Oregano (Origanum vulgaris)

Color Name: Italian Oregano

A fine edible ornamental!

This Certified Organic Italian Oregano is a treat for the senses. The fragrance will start your mouth watering, while the red-flushed green leaves and purple-brown stems, even when not topped with clusters of lavender-pink blooms, are attractive enough to take their place in bed or border with other flowering plants.

Pungently aromatic, Italian Oregano is one of the most important herbs of Italian, Greek and Mexican cooking. Mainly used dry, the flavor is strong enough to stand up to bold flavors like tomatoes, onion, garlic, and beef. And interestingly, the oil is often an ingredient in men's colognes.

Italian Oregano is a bushy perennial with broad 1 1/2-inch leaves. It flowers reliably all summer on plants that reach 18 inches high and wide.

Growing Tips: Harvesting Oregano: Oregano usually grows up to a height of 2 feet, and it has leaves that mostly grow about an inch long. They grow spread out at the ground level. As soon as the plants begin to get bushy, small cuttings can be taken from them. Use only the leaves and discard the stems. Several harvests are possible in a year from the oregano plants, starting from when they reach up to 6 inches in height. The best time for harvesting oregano is early in the morning, which is the time before the heat diminishes the volatile oil that imparts the distinctive flavor to the herb. Cuttings can be taken by trimming back the entire plant, leaving a few inches of stem and a few sets of leaves in the plant, 2 or 3 times each season. This is usually first done when the plants get to about 6 to 7 inches tall, subsequently when they start to grow buds, and again in late summer. Start harvesting before too many of the leaves begin to turn yellow. Harvesting by trimming back the plant helps for more luxurious growth and better yield for the next time. As the oregano plants grow close to the ground, they usually have soil stuck to them. So, the first step is to rinse them to remove all the dirt. Spread them on dry towels for sometime to remove the moisture.

Flower Color: Lavender shades / Foliage Color: Green shades

Height: 18-24 Inches / Spread: 20-24 Inches

Hardy in Zone:6
Blooms:Summer
Foliage Season:Summer
Exposure:
Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Shade
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Needs:
Moderate
Moderate
Growth Rate:Medium
Characteristics:
Cut Flower or Foliage
Cut Flower or Foliage
Dried Flower
Dried Flower
Fragrant
Fragrant
Container
Container
  • Specimen Plant
  • Landscapes
Attracts:
Butterflies
Butterflies
Critter Resistance:
Deer
Deer