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Origanum syriacum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Origanum (or-RI-ga-num) (Info)
Species: syriacum (seer-ee-AK-um) (Info)

Synonym:Majorana syriaca
Synonym:Origanum maru

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dk_in_md_z7 On Jun 1, 2012, dk_in_md_z7 from North Bethesda, MD wrote:

I think the hardiness data is off for this plant.. I live in a wet (non-mediterrenean) zone 7 in Maryland, and this plant not only has come back every year for about 10 years, but usually stays green in the lower parts all winter. It's seen as low as 5 degrees F in 2009. It is in a open, exposed, non protected location. It gets bigger every year.

Positive absi On Jul 31, 2008, absi from Santa Clara, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is also known as Zaatar, or Middle Eastern Oregano (as opposed to Greek Oregano).

Positive B1ZZYL1ZZY On Oct 29, 2006, B1ZZYL1ZZY from Javea
Spain (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very pretty fuzzy leaves and strong oregano flavour. I love this little herb! Propagated very easily from seeds bought from Horizon Herbs. Should be tolerant of our 10a hardiness zone. First winter will tell. Everyone should try this - it's probably hardier than you think. Keep it on the dry side in winter.

Also known as Za'atar from its use in the herb mix for the Lebanese bread Manakeesh.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hollywood, Florida
Rockville, Maryland
Humble, Texas

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