Oregano (Origanum vulgare 'Hot & Spicy') in the Oreganos Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 to 18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Gray-green
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Tiny, white to rosy pink flowers
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: July - October
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Erosion control
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds very thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Layering
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on Jun 19, 2018 11:28 PM

As the name implies, this cultivar combines strong oregano flavor with a punch of peppery heat. We love it in combination with regular greek oregano (and maybe a some "wimpy" italian oregano, just for balance) when we make marinara sauce. Hard to find for many years, this cultivar seems to be more widely available now. Like most herbs, it hates wet feet, especially in winter. Cold hardy, zone 5 according to Bonnie's Plants and "to at least 10 degrees" according to DeBaggio's. In colder zones, try planting at the edge of a patio or near a big rock (heat sink), mound up & amend the soil for good drainage, and cross your fingers.

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