- botanical name: Origanum heracleoticum
- perennial zone 5-9
- height 24″
- spacing 12″ apart
- full sun tolerant
- dry-average soil
- flower color white
- uses in garden: as a border, great in containers, drought tolerant, fragrant, ground cover
- use in Italian, Greek, Mexican, and Spanish cuisine
- attracts bees and butterflies
*Please note: our 2014 shipping season for organic plants is over. We accept plant orders at any time of the year, however, and if you prefer to place an order outside our regular shipping months of April-May, ordering is still easy. “Why we only ship in April and May.”
Due to the nature of shipping live plants, when you place an order, we will simply hold your order and ship it at the proper time for your zone, when weather permits in April 2015. Seed packets are shipped year round through USPS.
For more information see our “Ordering and Shipping Policy.”
Greek Oregano is a bushy, pungent herb that is easy to imagine growing on sunny Mediterranean slopes. Its spicy yet refreshing flavor contributes to Italian, Greek, and Spanish cuisine, as well as Mexican. Complementary spices to Oregano are Thyme, Parsley, Chives, Basil, and Chili. Oregano is delicious in bread, pasta dishes, stuffing, and of course pizza. Find great Oregano recipes here!
Best when used fresh, although Oregano dries well and retains much of its flavor. For the strongest flavor do not harvest until just before flowering – the autumn flowering varieties have the most flavor.
Compare the Oregano varieties. View a summary of all the Oregano varieties together.
Greek Oregano seeds are also available. Purchase seeds here.
It is easiest to propagate from starter plants, take your cuttings in the late spring, and allowing them to root in a fine soil mix.
Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date. Press seeds in lightly. Don’t cover them with soil, as they need light to germinate. If you are worried about the seeds washing away, put a fine mesh cloth (like cheesecloth) over the seeds until they begin to poke through. Germination 7-14 days. Transplant the seedlings 12 inches apart in a sunny location, after they are at least three inches tall and all danger of frost has passed.
To harvest: Best when used fresh, although Oregano dries well and retains much of its flavor. Harvest plants just before flowering, bunch stems together and hang in a cool and airy place to dry. Once dry, strip the leaves from the stem and store in an airtight container. For fresh use, snip leaves or small sections of the plant after it has reached six inches in height. Keeping Oregano clipped in this way will help the plant to bush out and encourage more foliage growth.
Many people skip the drying process altogether and simply chop the leaves finely, and either – add a small amount of water and freeze in ice cube trays for later use, or add the chopped leaves to softened butter. The Oregano butter, when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, will last for several weeks.