Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that receives partial shade. Space plants 12-18″ apart in average soil that is well-drained. Plant height 6-8″. Drought tolerant.
Does well in containers or mixed pots. Attracts bees and butterflies.
Oregano, Bristol Cross origanum ‘Bristol Cross’
Bristol Cross Oregano has beautiful Asian looking pinkish-purple flowers that love to drape over a wall or pot edge. The flowers are similar to Kent Beauty but longer and more impressive. To prolong blooming, pinch out spent flowers.
Bristol, Dittany of Crete, Hopley’s, and Kent Beauty are generally valued for their flowers and we view them as mainly ornamental, although the Bristol Cross variety has a mild oregano flavor and aroma. The best culinary ones are Italian, Turkish, Greek and Hot & Spicy. Of these, Greek and Italian bloom about mid-summer through fall and have the most flavor-filled leaves right before the flowers bloom. Although the flowers are edible too, it’s usually the leaves that are used for flavoring foods. They retain their flavor better in hot dishes if added toward the end of cooking. Heating too long may result in bitterness.