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PlantFiles: Golden Oregano
Origanum vulgare 'Aureum'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Origanum (or-RI-ga-num) (Info)
Species: vulgare (vul-GAIR-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureum

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)
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
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral suewylan On Oct 1, 2010, suewylan from North Fork, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very decorative, easy plant that spreads and fills small areas. Deer eat from the base a potted Japanese Maple not not the ones planted in the ground where I am in the Sierra Foothills of CA. Guess they like it handy...can you say salad bar?

Positive JoniJumpUp On Jul 9, 2009, JoniJumpUp from Grand Rapids, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have had this plant for 3 years now, and it spreads quite readily. I have split it each year and now have three patches of it that are two to three feet wide. I am in zone 5a and have had no problem with it coming back each spring.

Positive stumpenursery On Sep 21, 2008, stumpenursery from Florence, AL wrote:

Makes a great groundcover or border. Will root where it touches. Pretty to look at. I have took cuttings from this plant to root.

Positive garden_n_mom On Sep 28, 2007, garden_n_mom from North Cascades, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

White flowers! Roots where the branches touch the soil. Beautiful color! Great for boquets, nosegays and wreaths as well as dried. Looks great with Mother of Thyme underneath!

Positive darylmitchell On Jul 4, 2005, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

I have this growing in the bottom pocket of a strawberry pot with some other herbs. It is doing marvellously and seems to grow with minimal care. I haven't tried cooking with it yet, but the foliage gives off a wonderful spicy aroma when handled.

Positive PurplePansies On May 24, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Golden oregano is a nice plant if you like decorative edibles.... very golden yellow leaves with otherwise typical oregano look.... it has the taste of oregano but milder.... still useful in cooking though.... pretty garnish.... nice in an "herb border" or any border for that matter (low growing) prefers well drained spots.... Easy to grow but something's been nibbling it lately..... We'll see how it overwinters.... SHOULD do fine. :)


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

Florence, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Irvine, California
Merced, California
Sacramento, California
Monticello, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Ludington, Michigan
Chocowinity, North Carolina
Weaverville, North Carolina
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Richmond, Texas
Newport News, Virginia
Colville, Washington
Concrete, Washington

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