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DESCRIPTION: This variety is noted for its wonderful flavour and aroma; greek oregano tends to be the most savory and earthy. The plant grows well in sandy loam, and has good heat and drought tolerance; a noteworthy addition to the herb garden for its culinary attributes; also attractive in containers.
BOTANICAL NAME: Origanum onites
OTHER NAMES: Cretan Oregano, Turkish Oregano, Pot Marjoram
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 40-60 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 30 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: White
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Green
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Edible, Fragrant
Greek Oregano is an annual herb that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The fragrant round green leaves which emerge chartreuse in spring are usually harvested from late spring to early summer. The leaves have a pleasant taste and a distinctive fragrance.
The leaves are most often used in the following ways:
Planting & Growing
Greek Oregano will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 14 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. This fast-growing annual will live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.
This plant can be integrated into a landscape or flower garden by creative gardeners, but is usually grown in a designated edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.
Greek Oregano is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
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