Origanum rotundifolium


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

This small plant makes low-spreading mounds of herbaceous foliage, that is semi-evergreen in sheltered sites or an alpine house. During summer, the plant is almost covered in light pink flowers with large, dominating apple-green bracts, gathered in nodding clusters. The foliage is an attractive shade of blue-grey, rounded or slightly heart-shaped, and very aromatic. It's an ideal choice for a warm, well-drained rock garden or alpine trough, or in a gravel scree garden, and excellent in pans under glass. Once established, plants dislike disturbance. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Origanum

Species: rotundifolium

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

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