Not all oregano plants are alike and Greek Oregano is a key herb used to create the unique dishes in Greek cooking. The plant is mainly grown for its beautiful foliage. It is planted in herb gardens and containers to add a delightful smell and look to any area. Though most popular for Greek dishes, this oregano is also often used in Italian and Spanish foods. Oregano is related to the herb, marjoram, which is why oregano is sometimes called wild marjoram.
Common Name: Greek Oregano/Oregano
Scientific Name: Origanum Vulgare
Scientific Background: This fantastic plant belongs to the family of Lamiaceae, the genus of Origanum, and the species of O. Vulgare. Oregano also has medicinal properties. These properties include antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, cancer protection, cold, acne, dandruff, and others. Oregano is also a rich source of vitamin K.
Hardiness Zones: Oregano is native to Eurasia and the Mediterranean areas. The U.S. growing regions for Greek Oregano are in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Blooms/Foliage: Greek Oregano has an attractive dark green foliage and is strongly aromatic. The blooms of Greek Oregano are white and are also fragrant.
Growth Habit: This type of oregano can grow anywhere from 8″-24″ tall and about 1′ wide.
Exposure: Oregano plants enjoy being planted in areas of a garden that receive full sunlight or partial shade.
Water: Oregano planters should keep the soil that their oregano is planted in consistently moist but be sure that they do not allow the plant to become water logged by allowing good water drainage.
Spread: Allow 12″-18″ of space in between each oregano plant for best growth.
Soil: Oregano plants should be planted in soils with a neutral pH level or in a soil with an alkaline pH level.
Potential Handling Dangers: This plant may cause a skin irritation or rash. Some may be allergic to oregano and if so, it will cause an allergic reaction.
Potential Plant Dangers: Pest threats to your oregano plants include spider mites and aphids. Root rot is also a common problem for oregano that does not receive enough drainage.
Helpful Tips: Consider using this herb when making homemade pizzas to add a fresh and healthful taste to the dish! For best taste, harvest right before flowering starts. After harvesting, the leaves can be dried for better taste.