Plants: Origanum vulgar - Oregano

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Origanum vulgar - Oregano

Italian Oregano - Origanum vulgare So Pretty You Hate to Cut It! (but oh, the flavor!) A fine edible ornamental! Italian Oregano is a treat for the senses. The fragrance will start your mouth watering, while the red-flushed green leaves and purple-brown stems, even when not topped with clusters of lavender-pink blooms, are attractive enough to take their place in bed or border with other flowering plants.

Pungently aromatic, Italian Oregano is one of the most important herbs of Italian, Greek and Mexican cooking. Mainly used dry, the flavor is strong enough to stand up to bold flavors like tomatoes, onion, garlic, and beef. And interestingly, the oil is often an ingredient in men's colognes.

Italian Oregano is a bushy perennial with broad 1 1/2-inch leaves. It flowers reliably all summer on plants that reach 18 inches high and wide.

Hardiness Zone: 5-11
Height: 18 inches

Publisher: Hirt's Gardens
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