Origanum vulgare, Oregano, Wild Marjoram, Greek Oregano. Origanum vulgare 'Compactum'
Origanum vulgare 'Compactum'

Origanum vulgare

Oregano, Wild Marjoram, Greek Oregano
Family: Lamiaceae
Origin: Mediterranean
USDA Zone: 4-8?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterRegular waterSpice or herb plantEthnomedical plant.
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Origanum vulgare, often referred to as Oregano, is a small fragrant plant native to the Mediterranean region that is most commonly used as a culinary herb or ethnomedical plant. Growing between 2-5 feet tall, Origanum vulgare prefers full sun and regular watering - about 1 inch per week - for optimal growth and flavor. This plant is hardy in USDA Zones 4-8, but in areas of colder climates it can be grown in a pot in a sunny, warm and sheltered location.

Origanum vulgare's distinguished flavor has made it a staple spice or herb in Mediterranean cuisine. In the kitchen, oregano can be used fresh and in dried form, and is often added to pizza, pasta sauce, and grilled vegetables. This herb also makes a unique addition to fish and poultry dishes, as well as salads and marinades.

When growing Oregano, it is important to keep in mind that it is an aggressive self-sower, and may spread quickly in ideal growing conditions. This is why it may be best to start oregano in a pot, which will also make it easier to move indoors during cold weather. Once established, oregano plants can go nearly a month without water in the summer months, but when they do need it, they prefer regular moderate water once per week.

In order to ensure a delicious and fragrant oregano harvest, maintain an even moisture level and make sure your oregano is getting enough sunlight. With tender loving care and regular water, you'll be able to enjoy a delicious oregano harvest in the warm summer months!

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