Oregano, Wild Marjoram
Origanum vulgare L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this plant. It was described by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online lists 43 accepted species in the genus Origanum (as of 3/1/19 when I am updating this page). There were 54 when I first wrote this page.
I bought this Oregano plant at a local garden clubs 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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