Oregano, Wild Marjoram
Synonyms of Origanum vulgare (2) (Updated on 2-9-21): Origanum floridum Salisb., Thymus origanum Kuntze
Origanum vulgare L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species. The genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species plantarum in 1753. The genus was first named and described by Joseph Pitton de Tournefort and Linnaeus gave him the credit and possibly used his description.
Plants of the World Online lists 43 species in the Origanum genus (as of 2-9-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Lamiaceae with 236 genera.
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I brought this Oregano plant home from a local garden club’s annual plant sale on May 20, 2017. I planted it in the new corner bed on the southeast corner of the house next between the Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina). Later I transplanted several Marigold ‘Brocade’ among them which later all but took over.
I always like planting scented-leaved plants in flower beds and usually run my hands through their leaves when I am weeding and taking photos. It is kind of strange how the scent of Oregano always reminds me of the scent of pencil lead.
Origin: Europe and Asia.
Zones: USDA Zones 4a-9b (-10 to 25° F).
Light: Sun to part shade.
Water: Average. Drought tolerant once established.
There is a lot of information online about the many uses and benefits of Oregano. You can check out the links below for further reading.
This plant is supposed to be perennial in our zone, so we shall see if returns in the spring of 2018. If it returns, I will add more photos and information. If not, maybe I will find another one at the garden clubs plant sale again.
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