Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
On Jun 13, 2012, TheLoveofFlowers from Saint Paul, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
I planted this about two or three years ago expecting it to be an annual. Nope. It survives and thrives in our zone 4 environment with very little care given to it over the winter. I've seen it die all the way to the roots but it comes back even bigger each year. Now it is spreading. And reseeding itself too.
Even though it can be annoying, spreading into other areas of the garden, the flavor is great. I like adding it to various dishes, stir fries and in salad mixes. Really I need to use it more than I have.
On Jul 31, 2011, Digitalis from New Orleans, LA wrote:
Once established in my garden, this oregano began to thrive without any attention from me. I planted it in a rock and sand mixture beside my patio where it receives harsh, direct sunlight from noon until almost sunset and I rarely water it, yet it has more than quadrupled in size since and blooms profusely. I love having this fresh herb handy to use in the kitchen, but the flavor becomes even more intense when dried. It is easily propagated from cuttings and the bees find it attractive, so I'm rooting a few cuttings for my main flower and herb bed.
On Aug 12, 2009, eclayne from East Longmeadow, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:
After seeing the conditions under which oregano thrives in Crete (hard red clay - everywhere), I transplanted mine to a bed near the base of an old Spruce. The soil is heavy clay with a layer of old mulch turned in and no fertilizer. Their doing as well or better than in the old herb garden and only require a good shearing a few times a year. Fresh leaves are very pungent when bruised and have a bite when eaten fresh.
On Jul 3, 2005, IO1 from Waaaay Down South, GA wrote:
This plant is a harty plant that grows easily without much care. The only negative is that it will spread easily but is a lush aeromatic herb for Italian cooking. It doesn't seem to be bothered by insects and grows in containers in full sun.
On May 30, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:
Just planted an assortment of different oreganos and they are all doing quite well. Looking forward to them forming larger clumps. The Greek Oregano already has blooms which I'm not sure if I should snip off......
On Sep 19, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:
Origanum vulgare hirtum is the preferred culinary oregano, and can be distinguished by its white flowers as well as its pungent aroma and flavor. Though zoned USDA 5, this variety often winters over in our Zone 3, if mulched in the fall.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Auburn, Alabama Phoenix, Arizona Sierra Vista Southeast, Arizona Briarcliff, Arkansas Amesti, California Banning, California Big Sur, California Knights Landing, California Los Angeles, California Menifee, California Merced, California Mountain View, California San Francisco, California Santa Ana, California Edgewater, Colorado Old Lyme, Connecticut Combee Settlement, Florida Lakeland, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Albany, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Cordele, Georgia Dasher, Georgia Dock Junction, Georgia Lawrenceville, Georgia Waverly, Georgia Honomu, Hawaii Cherry Valley, Illinois Oswego, Illinois Benton, Kentucky Bethelridge, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Melbourne, Kentucky Metairie, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana East Longmeadow, Massachusetts Mashpee, Massachusetts Minneapolis, Minnesota St Paul, Minnesota Marshall, Missouri Silver Springs, Nevada Bayville, New Jersey , New York Deposit, New York East Moriches, New York Davidson, North Carolina Bucyrus, Ohio Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania Jessup, Pennsylvania Scranton, Pennsylvania Summit, South Carolina Brookings, South Dakota Abilene, Texas Round Rock, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Wixon Valley, Texas Lake Monticello, Virginia Colville, Washington White Center, Washington Great Cacapon, West Virginia West Allis, Wisconsin