Origanum vulgare 'Compactum'

Origanum vulgare 'Compactum'

Oregano

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Origanum vulgare 'Compactum'
  • Common name: Oregano
  • Plant type: Herb

Height: 15cm

Spread: 30cm

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Aromatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

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Marjoram and oregano are mostly native to the Mediterranean region, but have been naturalised in many parts of the world. The two names are interchangeable – what we know as wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare) in Britain is known as oregano in Europe, and both names are still used to describe the bought herb and cultivars of the wild plant.

Origanum has strongly scented leaves and bears small white, pink or purple flowers. The leaves are commonly used in Greek and Italian dishes. Plants are easy to grow provided they are given plenty of sunshine and a well-drained soil. The flowers are well-loved by bees.

Origanum vulgare 'Compactum' is a dwarf marjoram, bearing a mass of small green leaves and pink flowers.  

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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