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Origanum laevigatum (Smooth oregano)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Origanum laevigatum

Other names

Smooth oregano

Genus

Origanum Origanum

Species

O. laevigatum - O. laevigatum is a small, woody perennial with an open habit and small, aromatic foliage and purple buds opening to pink flowers over a long period from spring to autumn.


Origanum laevigatum is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic and may be used for culinary purposes

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Rose-pink in Spring; Rose-pink in Summer; Rose-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Blue-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Early in spring, trim spent flower stems.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Seed


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Where to grow

Origanum laevigatum (Smooth oregano) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Edging, Flavouring food and drinks, Beds and borders, Garden edging, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Containers, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil, preferably chalky, in a sunny postion. Flourishes in dry conditions and dislikes winter wet.

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.

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Origanum laevigatum

Other names

Smooth oregano

Genus

Origanum Origanum

Species

O. laevigatum - O. laevigatum is a small, woody perennial with an open habit and small, aromatic foliage and purple buds opening to pink flowers over a long period from spring to autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic and may be used for culinary purposes

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Rose-pink in Spring; Rose-pink in Summer; Rose-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Blue-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Early in spring, trim spent flower stems.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Origanum laevigatum (Smooth oregano) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Edging, Flavouring food and drinks, Beds and borders, Garden edging, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Containers, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil, preferably chalky, in a sunny postion. Flourishes in dry conditions and dislikes winter wet.

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.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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