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Italian Oregano - Origanum
Italian Oregano - Origanum

Lamiaceae Origanum X Majoricum None

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Grows InZone 6A · -10° to -5° F through Zone 9B · 25° to 30° F
Sun ExposureFull / Mostly Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained
Resistent ToDeer Resistant, Drought, Heat
Flower ColorPurple, White
BloomsSummer Blooms, Spring Foliage
Foliage ColorMedium Green
Average Height1' to 2'
Average Width1' to 2'
FragrancesAromatic, Fragrant Foliage
Additional Information About Italian Oregano - Origanum

Italian Oregano is a fast growing herb and perennial plant that can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6A through 9B. It matures to an average height of 1 foot to 2 feet and an average width of 1 foot to 2 feet, depending on climate and other environmental factors. It prefers growing in a location that provides full sun and grows best when planted in loam soil that is well drained. In the summer Italian Oregano produces purple and white flowers. The foliage is medium green in color. If you like fragrance, Italian Oregano has fragrant foliage.

Italian Oregano can be useful in the landscape in containers or planters or in landscape beds or islands and also in cottage gardens, food gardens, herb gardens or perennial gardens.

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Noteworthy Characteristics

A white flowering perennial oregano with a strong oregano aroma and flavor. One of the best flavored culinary oregano. 

Growing & Harvesting Information

Perennial in USDA Zones 4a-9b, Greek Oregano are easy-to-grow perennial that tolerates a variety of soils, as long as those soils are well drained. Like most Mediterranean-type herbs, they need only moderate water and grow best in a gravelly loam with as much sun as you can give them.

You can begin harvesting oregano for fresh or dried use when the plant is about 8 inches high. The flavor is most intense just before the plant blooms. Frequent harvests will produce a bushier plant and keeps foliage succulent. In fact, it's a good idea to cut plants back to about 6 inches at least twice during the growing season, leaving ample growth in fall to sustain the plant through winter.

Uses & Cooking Information

Greek oregano is used in tomato sauces, with meats, fish, cheese, egg dishes, salads, cheeses, and with vegetables including tomatoes, zucchini, and green beans. It is also used to prepare a tea that is believed to be a treatment for indigestion, coughs, and to stimulate menstruation.


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