Though most Oregano plants have many similarities, this Oregano plant’s leaves have a milder flavor than most Oregano leaves. The leaves of Variegated Oregano plants can be used in a variety of dishes that include meat, vegetables, and can also be used in salads. Variegated Oregano is often planted as an edging or border and also in containers. This plant also attracts bees, butterflies, and birds.
Common Name: Variegated 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.
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: Variegated Oregano plants have an attractive gray, green and cream foliage. This plant’s leaves are also fragrant and produce a delightful scent.
Growth Habit: This type of oregano is a low-growing plant and can grow anywhere from 18″-24″ tall and about 1′ wide. If the planter snips this plant, the plant’s foliage will be motivated to grow more.
Exposure: These oregano plants enjoy being planted in areas of a garden that receive full sunlight to 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. This will prevent overcrowding of the plants.
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 if consumed.
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 cooking to add a fresh and healthful taste to the dish! For best taste, harvest right before flowering starts. After harvesting, the leaves can be frozen in ice cube trays to be kept fresh for later use.