"True Greek Oregano"
(Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum)

Oregano True Greek Origanum vulgaris ssp hirtum
Photo by Roula30

The ancient Greeks believed the Goddess Aphrodite created oregano’s spicy scent as a symbol of happiness and so they crowned bridal couples with oregano wreaths. Not a bad reason to grow this most flavorful of the oreganos. To about 18” tall and 2’-3’ spread, it has slightly hairier foliage and broader leaves than plain O. vulgare. This variety, which is native to the Mediterranean, makes an attractive edging plant or excellent pot herb. It blooms with little white flowers in Summer, but you should keep it trimmed to prevent bloom and encourage leaf production. Unless, of course, you want to make the neighborhood bees deliriously happy, in which case, go ahead and let it bloom. Not fussy about soil, but does want good drainage (NO CLAY). Cut stems to ground in Winter/early Spring. Grows gradually woody and should be replaced or divided every 3-4 years.

Full Sun
Avg./Low Water

Perennial Herb
USDA zones 4-10