Oregano, Wild Marjoram, Greek Oregano
Scientific Name: Origanum vulgare L.
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Recommended Temperature Zone:|
sunset: all zones, perennial in zones 4-24
USDA: perennial in zone 6-10
Frost Tolerance: Frost hardy in Phoenix
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: Mediterranean basin to central Asia
Growth Habits: Bushy herb to 2 feet
Watering Needs: Bushy herb to 2 feet
Propagation: Seeds in winter, cuttings, layer or clump division in mid-spring
The oregano is an herb used in many Spanish and Italian dishes, it mixes well with tomato and garlic (it tastes great on pizzas). It has a sharper taste than sweet marjoram, and can taste bitter if over cooked. Harvest by cutting the stems down to the bottom 2 sets of leaves, and air dry in a shaded place. Store in air-tight container.
Keep the Oregano trimmed to prevent it from blooming and encourage leaf production. The plant grows gradually woody and should be replaced or divided after 3-4 years. It grows well in poor quality soil, but as many Mediterranean plants requires good drainage, particularly in winter.