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PlantFiles: Oregano
Origanum vulgare 'Hot & Spicy'

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

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive anncetera On Feb 2, 2015, anncetera from Omaha, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

My spicy oregano was planted in two bright sunny spots last year, in Omaha, Nebraska; the kind of spots where echinacea, coreopsis, potentilla, and sedum grow well. It's also been heavily mulched, about 3-4" of mulch in a raised bed with excellent drainage. We'll see if it comes back this year. As of mid-January, though, the more heavily mulched of the two still showed green leaves poked down in the middle of the plant, so I have high hopes! I've not been able to find this cultivar in seed form, only in plant form.

Positive LizDahlin On Jul 15, 2014, LizDahlin from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I do like this plant! Gives me tons of fresh oregano for cooking. It does well in a container on my deck even in the humid heat of an Augusta Georgia summer. I just water it every few days and feed it about once a month.
I have so much in fact that I'm hoping to dry it out to save through the winter. Any tips? I've never dried out herbs.

Positive LeafJewelryGirl On May 3, 2011, LeafJewelryGirl from Bartlesville, OK wrote:

Purchased a plant from a local nursery last year. It has more than trippled in size! I believe it is hardy past zone 7 though, I live in northern Oklahoma (zone 6b) and it survived without mulching. It made it through the record setting -28 temperature we had, but it was covered with almost 18 inches of snow. Foliage seemed to be evergreen as well. Fantastic flavor, quite a zing!

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

My Hot & Spicy has white flowers and deep green leaves. Very good seasoning!


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

Montclair, California
Melbourne, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Kansas City, Missouri
Omaha, Nebraska
Columbus, Ohio
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Dallas, Oregon
Grants Pass, Oregon
Macungie, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Wytheville, Virginia
Concrete, Washington

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