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Origanum vulgare

Oregano is a plant which belongs to the Origanum genus. The origin of this plant's scientific name epithet (vulgare) means 'common'.

Beware of common oregano, which can become a weed, and lacks the spicy flavor of the greek cultivar which is preferred for cooking. If you wish to grow a culinary variety, it is best to control the plain species, which may cross with it.
If in the proper climate, this plant can easily take over an entire garden.

Herbaceous, woody stemmed perennial, native to mediterranean areas
It has small aromatic paired leaves. Flowers are tiny, pink in clusters at the end of the stems, as with the mint family.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Bright lavender and   Lavender blush. When mature, blooms are roughly 3.8 cm (that's 1.48 inches in imperial) in diameter. The mature flowers are of a pompon form. Leaves appear approximately as a   Grade 1 Paint Green and   Hunter green

A type of flowering edible herb / none, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+).

Oregano is known for its forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 61.0 cm (1.98 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

Oregano is a great plant to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.

Popular varieties of Oregano with home gardeners are Hot and Spicy, Golden, Mediterranean, Italian oregano and Variegated.

Italy is thought to be the country of origin for Oregano.

As Oregano is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Oregano have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Oregano

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Prefers well drained soil. If you have a heavy soil, mix in a good amount of sand to ensure proper drainage.
Does better in part shade

Oregano likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. As a rough idea of the types of climates Oregano does best in, check to see if your local area is within USDA Hardiness Zones 4 and 10. Ensure your soil is sandy, clay and loamy and has a ph of between 6.0 and 8.0 as Oregano is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Oregano is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Oregano to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Oregano from seed

If sowing directly, sow when soil temperatures are around 10°C. If sowing outdoors when temperatures are below 10°C, cover in a cold frame or with some sort of protection.
Do not cover the seed, just press lightly to make contact with the soil

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 11.7 inches (30.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.12 inches (0.32 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 7°C / 45°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Oregano about 56 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Oregano

Plant out when all danger of frost has past.
Sunny or part shade,
Well drained alkaline soil

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Oregano is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Oregano

The common species is edible but has poor flavor. It is a more aggressive spreader that the culinary varieties and sometimes cross with or overtakes them.

Seed Saving Oregano

Self-seeds profusely if left to flower and go to seed. Collect seeds when the flower head is completely dried out on the plant. Store seeds in a cool, dry environment.

Seed viability is one year.

How long does Oregano take to grow?

These estimates for how long Oregano takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Oregano to germinate?
7 days

Average 7 days | Min 2 days | Max 16 days (149)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Oregano?
+ 22 days

Average 22 days | Min 7 days | Max 398 days (14)

Days to Maturity How long until Oregano is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 26 days

Average 26 days | Min 6 days | Max 666 days (21)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Oregano?
= 55 days

When should I plant Oregano?

Our when to plant Oregano estimates are relative to your last frost date.

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When to sow The number of days to sow Oregano before or after your last frost date.
56 days before Last Frost Date

Oregano Etymology

Greek origin. Possibly from “oros” (mountain) and “ganos” (brightness).

Other names for Oregano

Common oregano, Wild Marjoram

Misspellings: Majoram, Oregonium

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