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|Positive ||bobschrad ||On Apr 22, 2013, bobschrad from Reston, VA wrote:
I live in northern Virginia. I bought this plant last summer and it has thrived. It was about 18 inches tall when I bought it. I transplanted it into a large container, about 16 inches in diameter. Its leaves have a wonderful fragrance of oregano. Last fall I brought it inside when nighttime temps got down to about 40F, and I put it in a west-facing bedroom window, where it got afternoon sun. At first it lost some leaves, which I dried and kept to use in soups and sauces, and on pizza. To me it tastes just like traditional oregano. It soon recovered and made it in fine shape through the winter. I recently put it outside, but if night temps are forecast in the mid-30's I throw a sheet over it. A few times when it got even colder I brought it inside for the night. The plant is now over two feet tall, with strong woody branches.
|Neutral ||psharboneaux ||On Jun 10, 2012, psharboneaux from La Porte, IN wrote:
I'd like to clarify that the species Lippia graveolens is considered Mexican oregano, while Lippia micromera is the real Puerto Rican oregano. Lippia micromera is also called Spanish Thyme which I consider a misnomer since L. micromera is used as an oregano substitute, not a thyme substitute. Thyme is rarely used in Puerto Rican cuisine.
|Positive ||YSFinHollywoodS ||On Sep 12, 2011, YSFinHollywoodS from Hollywood, SC wrote:
I live near Charleston, SC, zone 8a, and have had this plant just this summer. It has grown very well even though we had a drought. I would like to know about keeping it over the winter months if someone might know.
|Positive ||greenhouse_gal ||On Mar 17, 2010, greenhouse_gal from Southern NJ
United States (Zone 7a) wrote:
We use this plant for seasoning Italian foods; for us it seems to have a truer Italian flavor than do the other oreganos such as the Greek variety.
|Positive ||cachecreek ||On Dec 23, 2008, cachecreek from Davis, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Love this plant for seasoning Mexican food. But the info on cold tolerance above is incorrect. Lippia graveolens suffers severe cold damage at about 29 degrees F. There are references to it being hardy at lower temperatures on your website. I just lived through this...I know what happened to my plant, even though covered with a pot and then several layers of floating row cover. In the right conditions, it is very vigorous. The flowers are insignificant.
|Positive ||sbates ||On Jul 31, 2003, sbates from Austin, TX wrote:
This plant provides an amazing flavor to salsa's when used fresh. Use just the leaves, wash them and chop them. The flavors combine very well with cilantro. The plant is hardy and roots easily with cuttings. The flavor is much more pungent and quite different than the dried versions you find in the store.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
San Francisco, California
Pinellas Park, Florida
Denville, New Jersey
Port Elizabeth, New Jersey
Hollywood, South Carolina
San Antonio, Texas