Origanum vulgare


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Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Sometimes known as wild marjoram, this mat-forming, rhizomatous herb has aromatic heart-shaped leaves, which are used widely in cooking, especially on pizzas and in pasta sauces. During summer, the plant is almost covered in pale pink flowers. These dry out naturally on the plant and gradually fade, remaining a feature until autumn when they can be removed.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Origanum

Species: vulgare

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Flowering period: July to September

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