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Origanum vulgare (Common oregano)

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1 hour care
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Ultimate height
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Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Origanum vulgare

Other names: Common oregano, Pot marjoram, Wintersweet, Wild marjoram, English marjoram, Grove marjoram

Genus: Origanum

Species: O. vulgare - O. vulgare is a bushy, woody perennial with upright stems bearing fragrant, oval, dark green leaves and clusters of small pale pink to white flowers in midsummer to early autumn.

Origanum vulgare is: Deciduous

Flower: Pink, White in Summer; Pink, White in Autumn

Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

Fragrance: Foliage is fragrant.

Habit: Bushy, Clump-forming, Spreading, Upright

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Pests: Generally pest-free.

Specific pests: Leafhoppers

Diseases: Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods: Division, Seed. REGISTER to

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Origanum vulgare (Common oregano) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Add to salads, Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Mediterranean, Rock, Wildflower, Wildlife

Cultivation: Plant in free-draining soil in a sunny postion.

Soil type: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral, Acid

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

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