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

Category:

Herbs

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Burgundy

Aromatic

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
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0
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Positive

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

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

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

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!