Seeds forum: Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens?)

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Jan 25, 2016 2:56 PM CST
I'm looking for seed or rooted cuttings since it appears seed is hard to come by. Does anyone know of a good source? TIA
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jan 25, 2016 3:19 PM CST
Wow...excuse me.....being rude here......I would like to piggy-back in on that request.

I had the plant in SoCal and would sure like to grow it again...have seeds to trade, or SASE.

Please forgive me, cindy.........
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jan 25, 2016 4:42 PM CST
Sherry - no problem. I piggy-back sometimes myself.
There does seem some confusion about what Mexican oregano is since the plant can vary from region to region. And this type (Lippia) seems (from what I'm reading) to be THE type. I've also read that it's hard to find seeds. I dunno. I do see this plant for sale at Companion Plants in OH. I've ordered neat stuff from them several years ago like patchouli plants. Their location is good for me, maybe not so good for you although you'd have better luck finding it out there on the west coast. I'm always skeptical when it comes to oregano - like growing beautiful plants from seed only to find that they taste nothing like the oregano used in Italian cooking.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jan 25, 2016 4:51 PM CST
There's a good herb nursery in Vista, Ca called Pearson's and I orignally got my poliomintha from them........I had a friend recently move up this way and had I thought of it, I should have asked her to bring on up....

Okay, now I need to go back and double check lippia against poliomintha....

Thank you for being NICE!
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jan 25, 2016 4:54 PM CST
yep...entirely different plants...when I was first looking for Mexican Oregano, I made sure to look for poliomintha and not lippia. You want yours for cooking?
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jan 25, 2016 5:09 PM CST
Yep - for cooking. I had bought some dried "Mexican oregano" at my local bulk bin store and I really like to add it to rice along with Sazon. Do you think Lippia is the wrong thing? See - now it's good that you piggy-backed. :)
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 25, 2016 5:33 PM CST
Try here https://www.etsy.com/listing/1...

I just bought some salvia from them and was very pleased with the quality of what I received. Nice size and very healthy plants.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jan 25, 2016 5:41 PM CST
Yes, lippia is what you want.....

If anyone is paying attention and has seeds, Cindy wants lippia, I want poliomintha......LOL...

When I was looking for Ambrosia, before...I somehow bought an Ambrosia plant...not the chenopodium that I was looking for, ended up with the 'Ambrosia' used in Mexican cooking that tastes like creosote....LOL..I'm really not sure why anyone would use it, but I do love cilantro and apparently there are those who think cilantro tastes like creosote...go figure....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jan 25, 2016 6:09 PM CST
@wcgypsy Hi Sherry. Is this what you are looking for?

http://www.woodlanders.net/ind...

http://www.woodlanders.net/ind...
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Jan 25, 2016 6:46 PM CST
Sherry - Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Maybe I should get one each of Lippia and Poliomintha (why is it named that??? Sounds scary!).
Brings up another question and maybe I need to start a new thread. Looking for a real oregano - like the kind you put on pizza and in spaghetti sauce. Hard to pin down the species. I'm going to get Greek oregano as well because I like the sharper flavor when I cook Greek food.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jan 25, 2016 7:24 PM CST
Thanks, Jean...yep, that's it and I know I can order it online, but sure would prefer trading for seeds rather than paying $15 plus shipping for a plant....when you're growing a lot of plants, that adds up AWFULLY fast. I have so far wintersown 10 bins full of at least 7 pots each for plants...if I were buying them for $15 each plus shipping and handling, we would not be eating this month...LOL...actually, each pot has 2-3 seeds, so we would not be eating for longer than a month.....and I have a lot more seeds to sow.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
The Urge for Seeds is Strong in This One.....
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jan 25, 2016 7:44 PM CST
Maybe here?

http://www.mypatriotsupply.com...
Baltimore, MD
Tilth
Jan 29, 2018 3:49 PM CST
I'm also looking for Lippia graveolens seeds....in my zone 6 I know it is an annual...but am having a difficult time trying to locate seeds OR plants! hope someone can help.....
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Jan 29, 2018 5:33 PM CST
Tilth - if it's any help, I grow mine in a pot since I know it won't survive winter here. I bring it indoors in the winter.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 5, 2018 7:20 AM CST
All right Cindy.... I've been reading through this thread without realizing how old it was. Which one did you end up with? And where did you get your start?

Why your thread caught my attention was I have been looking for Poliomintha longiflora. It is called Mexican oregano. I watch for it with the Hispanic vendors at the flea markets. I've also looked for seed. It is supposed to do well in Texas.

I was wondering if you had found any seeds in the "dried "Mexican oregano" at my local bulk bin store". Sometimes organic and not treated so seeds might germinate.

Old thread explains why all those links are not working.... I should have had a clue.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Feb 5, 2018 8:01 AM CST
Kristi - I ended up buying plants of Lippia from Companion Plants in OH. Still have them, growing in pots that I can bring indoors. I remember someone finding Poliomintha on the west coast but can't remember the vendor.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 5, 2018 10:19 AM CST
Thanks... I actually located a plant after reading this thread. You guys sure know how to enable! Whistling
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Feb 5, 2018 10:38 AM CST
Glad you were able to find a source!
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Matt
South Eastern PA (Zone 6b)
dday98m
Feb 27, 2018 11:16 AM CST
Did anyone ever find a source for just Lippia graveolens seeds and not the plant? I've been looking for this for my grandmother and can't seem to find seeds anywhere. Judging by this thread it seems to be a fairly common problem. I did check out the companion plants, and they still do have the plant. I guess if worse comes to worst, that the route I'll go.

Thanks in advance!
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Feb 27, 2018 5:14 PM CST
I see obscure sources for seed online and some references to the TX native plant database. Studies in Mexico on photochemopreventive effects as well as other herbal remedies. My potted plant produced some round spiky seeds (?) after blooming but I couldn't find the time to collect and experiment. Don't know anything about dormancy or germination though.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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