The Main Plant entry for Oreganos (Origanum vulgare)

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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
Leaves: Fragrant
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
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

Common names
  • Oregano
  • Wild Marjoram
  • Creeping Marjoram

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  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 9, 2012 5:21 PM concerning plant:
    Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 9:05 PM concerning plant:
    Origanum vulgare serves as a useful companion plant in the garden by reportedly helping to repel the Cabbage White butterfly.
  • Posted by ZGadev (Varna,Bulgaria) on Jul 14, 2018 8:23 AM concerning plant:
    In bulgarian риган.
    Perennial herbaceous plant with a bony, usually creeping branching rhizome. The stems are upright, 30-60 (90) cm high, four-legged, branched. Leaves opposite to short stems, oblong or oblong ovate, top green, bottom pale green. Single and bipolar flowers in the bristles of large overlapping dark-purple bracts collected in elongated classes forming crowned branches at the branches. Twill, twill-purple to light-purple, less common white. Fruit dry, falling into 4 nuts. Blooms June-August (September).
    Grows out of bushes, thin forests and forest meadows. Spread across the country (Bulgaria), from the plains up to 2000 m above sea level. The herb is found throughout Europe.
    Main action - Expectorant, stimulating digestion. Removes cramps in stomach and intestine pains and in flatulence. The herb also has a nervous appetite.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 28, 2012 2:38 PM concerning plant:
    Name means 'joy of the mountains.' Can spread rather aggressively unless kept in check.
  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 23, 2014 7:01 PM concerning plant:
    The little pot of oregano I bought almost 20 years ago has now provided starts of oregano to many of my friends, neighbors, and family members! This is a reliable, easy-to-grow perennial. It is very drought-tolerant, thriving and growing prolifically even in hot, humid years. I actually have to be fairly aggressive myself in keeping it pruned back and thinned, or it would overtake the entire area I've set aside for herbs.

    The fragrance of oregano is very pleasant, and it forms an attractive, sprawling mound covered with small purple flowers. It is a butterfly and bee magnet in my garden, and I've found that the bees are so focused and intent on diving into each bloom that they don't even notice if I am working nearby.

    The flavor is fairly strong, so a little goes a long way. if your recipe calls for dried oregano, you can substitute 3 times the amount of fresh oregano (i.e., if it says one teaspoon of dried, use three teaspoons of fresh), as the dried is more concentrated.

    This is one of the easier herbs to dry: Just bundle some clean, dry branches together and hang upside down in a cool, dry place. When thoroughly dried, the leaves crumble easily. Store the dried oregano in a cool, dark place.
Plant Events from our members
gwenmason On September 3, 2016 Transplanted
NikkiGerena On June 12, 2017 Seeds sown
NikkiGerena On June 1, 2017 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
NikkiGerena On May 21, 2017 Plant emerged
thepurplebug On June 11, 2019 Seeds germinated
thepurplebug On June 3, 2019 Seeds sown
Seeds planted in a container in front of the house.
lovesblooms On February 16, 2020 Seeds sown
winter sown
paleohunter On April 11, 2022 Obtained plant
WebTucker On May 14, 2022 Obtained plant
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Maybe Origanum species? by NMoasis Sep 20, 2021 7:55 PM 2

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