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DESCRIPTION: Highly aromatic herb offers a spicy flavour in the kitchen and looks great in the herb garden, container, or as a mixed border. Rich green rounded foliage and pink summer flowers. Boasts an intense, strong flavor; use sparingly at first, in spicy salsa and chili dishes. Does well in sandy loam, good heat and drought tolerance; a spicy addition to the herb garden.
BOTANICAL NAME: Origanum vulgare 'Hot And Spicy'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 45 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 45 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Pink
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 4
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Edible, Fragrant
Hot And Spicy Oregano is a perennial herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The fragrant round grayish green leaves which emerge chartreuse in spring are usually harvested from early to late summer. The leaves have a spicy taste.
The leaves are most often used in the following ways:
Features & Attributes
Hot And Spicy Oregano features tiny pink trumpet-shaped flowers in mid summer. Its small fragrant round leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning grayish green in colour the rest of the year.
This is an herbaceous evergreen perennial herb with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Hot And Spicy Oregano is suitable for the following landscape applications:
Planting & Growing
Hot And Spicy Oregano will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate.
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.
Hot And Spicy Oregano is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception.
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