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Origanum vulgare


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The leaves of this popular perennial are very common culinary herbs, and can be grown in a wide range of sunny regions.

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Oregano, or scientifically Origanum vulgare, is a woody-based perennial flowering plant. It is most widely known for its culinary usage, often being an essential herb to most dishes. It is an aggressive grower, so growing them in containers is recommended. Oregano’s native range is Europe and Asia; full sunlight is a necessity when growing.

Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Wild Marjoram

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: No

Bloom Times: Summer, Late Summer to Fall

Bloom Colors: Pink, Green, Purple, White

Deer Resistance: High

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies

Salt Tolerance: Low to None

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Sandy

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 1 - 3 ft

Spread: 1 - 2 ft

Growth Rate: Slow-medium