Mexican Oregano

Plant Specifications

Poliomintha maderensis. Perennial. Full Sun. Height: 36-48”
Also referred to as Madrean Rosemary, Rosemary Mint and Lavender Spice, This is a heat hardy evergreen shrub
with an aromatic scent. Profuse pale lavender blooms explode during mid-summer.

In the Garden

Mexican Oregano is a lot different than other types of oregano. It doesn’t look, grow, or taste like oregano because it isn’t really in the oregano family. Mexican Oregano grows more like a small shrub rather than the traditional trailing plant. It is actually closely related to Lemon Verbena. It requires a well-drained soil, full sun, and an average amount of water. It grows to a height of about 2 feet and produces violet and white blooms in the late spring and summer.

Plant Uses

It has a strong, spicy, but slightly bitter flavor and is very popular in Mexican cuisine. The leaves can be used fresh or you can dry them and store them in an airtight container.

Spicy Italian Oregano

Plant Specifications

Spicy Italian Oregano is a lot like Italian Oregano, but as the name might suggest it is spicier.
The leaves are narrower and slightly curl.

In the Garden

Spicy Italian Oregano is an invasive plant that can be controlled by routine pruning or by planting it in a container. It requires a well drained soil and full sun. Just like other types of Oregano, be sure to not overwater your plant. As temperatures get hotter, Spicy Italian Oregano will begin to flower and it is at this time that the flavor of the leaves is the strongest. It is +low growing and regular pruning will promote new growth and a bushier plant.

Plant Uses

It is primarily a culinary herb that is essential to Italian, Mexican, and Greek cooking. Use it in tomato sauces, on meat, fish, and vegetables. The leaves can be dried by cutting the stems, hanging them upside down, and then rubbing the leafy stems together between your hands to crumble the leaves. Leave the stems intact and discard.

Pulchellum Oregano

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Plant Specifications

Origanum pulchellum. Hardy Perennial. Full to Partial Sun. Height: 8″ – 10″ Width: up to 14”
Silvery, fuzzy leaves grow in clumps.

In the Garden

Beautiful in flower gardens and containers. This silvery plant blooms in south Texas May through July, sending out clusters of delicate, hops-leaf-like purple flowers. When in blooming, harvest the flowers by cutting the long stems.

Plant Uses

Set cut blossoms directly into a vase without water, dries very quickly. Makes a lovely, long-lasting decorative dried arrangement for the home.

Mountain Greek Oregano

Plant Specificatins

Oreganum Vulgarius (mountain greek). Sun. Perennial. Height: 10-12” Can Spread up to 24” wide.
Also known as Wild Oregano, this oregano is referred to as Mountain Greek because the seeds come from the mountains of Greece. Has a very strong and spicy hot flavor.

In the Garden

This oregano is a great plant for the herb garden, due to its ease of growth and ability to spread.
Prefers almost any kind of soil conditions, but prefers well drained soil or in raised beds. Needs room to spread and have air circulation. Because its grown in the mountains and thus mildly dryer conditions, heavy rains can encourage root rot.

Plant Uses

Its strong flavor may suitable for culinary use, but its potent oils – expressed through its hot,spicy flavor
– are frequently used a lot in healing and medicinal uses. This is known to us as the “Wild Oregano Oil.”

Rosenkuppel Oregano

Plant Specifications

Origanum laevigatum ‘Rosenkuppel’. Perennial. Sun. Height: 12-16”
Primarily an ornamental oregano, it makes a sprawling clump of dark green and burgundy leaves that explode with rich lavender blooms in mid-summer. It is winter hardy and has an aromatic scent.

In the Garden

This beautiful Oregano thrives in well-drained soil in a Sunny spot. Bees, Butterflies and Birds are attracted to its rich lavender blooms. It is drought tolerant and does well in containers. A very versatile, easy-to-please plant that fits well in many places.

Plant Uses

Its leaves don’t have a strong enough flavor to use in cooking, but the plants are nicely fragrant. An absolute aromatic and visual delight in the garden or to use for dried arrangements.

Kent Beauty Oregano

Plant Specifications

Oreganum Kent Beauty. Half Day Sun. Perennial. Height: 6”
A compact oregano, perfect for containers.

In the Garden

Kent Beauty Oregano should be planted in well-drained soil and should receive plenty of sun since the color of the flower bracts is dependent on the amount of sunlight. You should water this plant routinely but be careful not to overwater. Kent Beauty Oregano should reach a height of 4 to 6 inches.

Plant Uses

Kent Beauty Oregano is strictly an ornamental oregano as the leaves have little, if any, “oregano” taste at all. The flower bracts are very unique in shape and will turn from light green to light pink if they receive enough sunlight. This trailing plant looks great in a hanging basket or in a pot because it will “spill” over the side.

Jim’s Best Oregano

Plant Specifications

Oreganum vulgaria. Half Day Sun. Perennial. Height: 6-8”
A low growing, bushy, variegated plant. Prefers a well-drained soil. Does well in a container.

In the Garden

Jim’s Best is a trailing oregano that will “spill” over the side of a pot so it will look great in a hanging basket or a mixed herb pot. The golden color in the leaves help break up the green foliage of other plants in your garden. Plant Jim’s Best Oregano in well drained soil with plenty of sun but be careful not to overwater it.

Plant Uses

Jim’s Best Oregano makes a great addition to your garden and your kitchen. The variegated leaves of this plant are unlike any other oregano and the uniqueness of this plant will set your herb garden apart. The trailing nature of this plant look great in a combination pot or in a hanging basket. Although it’s not as popular in the kitchen as Italian or Greek Oregano, the leaves have a good flavor and taste great in your favorite Italian dish.

Italian Oregano

Plant Specifications

Oreganum oregano (sp) Full Sun. Hardy Perennial. Height: 24”
A Spreader. Needs well drained, moist soil, but can handle dryer conditions.
Most popular culinary oreganos to cook with.

In the Garden

Italian Oregano is a rapidly growing herb that needs routine pruning to inhibit invasive growth.
It requires a well drained soil and full sun. Just like other types of Oregano, be sure to not overwater your plant. As temperatures get hotter, Italian Oregano will begin to flower and this is the time that the flavor of the leaves is the strongest. It is relatively low growing and regular pruning will promote new growth and a bushier plant.

Plant Uses

It is primarily a culinary herb that is essential to Italian, Mexican, and Greek cooking. Use it in tomato sauces, on meat, fish, and vegetables. The reason Italian Oregano is our best seller is because it has the best flavor. It’s not too spicy and doesn’t have the same bitterness that you will find in other types of oregano. The leaves can be dried by cutting the stems, hanging them upside down,
and then rubbing the leafy stems together between your hands to crumble the leaves.
Leave the stems intact and discard.

Hopley’s Oregano

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Plant Specifications

Specs: Oregano laevigatum (hopley’s purple) Perennial. Half Day Sun. Height: 6-10” when blooming up to 14” tall.
Spread up to a width of Dark purple, green foliage, very attractive with its light scent and flowers.
Blooms a lot throughout the Summer, from May through August.

In the Garden

Hopley’s Oregano is generally considered to be drought resistant but it is not winter hardy. Plant it in a well-drained soil where it will get full sun and be sure to not overwater. The foliage is low growing but the flower stalks can reach up to 2 feet in height. Pruning will help keep your plant from becoming overgrown and when it dies back in the winter, simply cut it back to the ground and it will usually come back in the Spring.

Plant Uses

Hopley’s Oregano is more of an ornamental oregano, but it can also be used as a culinary herb. It has a mild “oregano” flavor when compared to other types of Oregano. In the garden, Hopley’s Oregano produces hundreds or even thousands of tiny purple or lavender color blooms. You can harvest the flowers when they are brightest and use them in fresh flower arrangements or dry them by hanging them upside down.