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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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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
June Park, Florida
Columbus, Ohio
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Dallas, Oregon
Harbeck-fruitdale, Oregon
Ancient Oaks, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Wytheville, Virginia
Concrete, Washington

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