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Origanum 'Kent Beauty' (Ornamental oregano 'Kent Beauty')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Origanum 'Kent Beauty'

Other names

Marjoram 'Kent Beauty', Origanum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty', Ornamental oregano 'Kent Beauty'

Genus

Origanum Origanum

Variety or Cultivar

'Kent Beauty' _ 'Kent Beauty' is a prostrate, semi-evergreen subshrub with trailing stems bearing ovate to rounded, aromatic, bright green leaves and, in summer and early autumn, whorls of small, tubular, pale pink or mauve flowers surrounded by prominent, rose-pink bracts.


Origanum 'Kent Beauty' is: Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is fragrant.

Habit

Prostrate, Trailing

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Pink in Summer; Pink in Autumn

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific pests

Leafhoppers Leafhoppers

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Cut back spent flower stems in early spring.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division


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Where to grow

Origanum 'Kent Beauty' (Ornamental oregano 'Kent Beauty') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile to poor, well-drained, preferably alkaline soil in full sun. Dislikes winter wet. Foliage is aromatic but not of the pungency of culinary oreganos.

Soil type

Chalky

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Origanum 'Kent Beauty'

Other names

Marjoram 'Kent Beauty', Origanum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty', Ornamental oregano 'Kent Beauty'

Genus

Origanum Origanum

Variety or Cultivar

'Kent Beauty' _ 'Kent Beauty' is a prostrate, semi-evergreen subshrub with trailing stems bearing ovate to rounded, aromatic, bright green leaves and, in summer and early autumn, whorls of small, tubular, pale pink or mauve flowers surrounded by prominent, rose-pink bracts.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is fragrant.

Habit

Prostrate, Trailing

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Pink in Summer; Pink in Autumn

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific pests

Leafhoppers

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Cut back spent flower stems in early spring.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Origanum 'Kent Beauty' (Ornamental oregano 'Kent Beauty') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile to poor, well-drained, preferably alkaline soil in full sun. Dislikes winter wet. Foliage is aromatic but not of the pungency of culinary oreganos.

Soil type

Chalky

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Origanum 'Kent Beauty' (Ornamental oregano 'Kent Beauty')

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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