Origanum Species, Oregano, Creeping Marjoram, Wild Marjoram

Origanum vulgare

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Origanum (or-RI-ga-num) (Info)
Species: vulgare (vul-GAIR-ee) (Info)
Synonym:Thymus origanum
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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Little Rock, Arkansas

Mena, Arkansas

Alameda, California

Merced, California

Denver, Colorado

Pueblo, Colorado

Hollywood, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida(2 reports)

Miami, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Honomu, Hawaii

Mackinaw, Illinois

Cumberland, Maryland

Foxboro, Massachusetts

Stevensville, Michigan

Brandon, Mississippi

Omaha, Nebraska

Silver Springs, Nevada

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Buffalo, New York

Columbus, Ohio

Norman, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Fort Worth, Texas

Humble, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Spicewood, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Radford, Virginia

Suffolk, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Morgantown, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 14, 2013, maria63 from copenhagen,
Denmark wrote:

This is information i personally know and apply to myself.
Wild oregano is very tasty when used as tea. It is collected when blooms. Flowers, leaves and stems can be used in the tea. Better used before sleep. It has some strong medicinal properties so it should be taken in moderation. A cup before sleep should be generally fine. The flavor is a little bit different from herb oregano not as strong. It should be avoided if you trying to get pregnant for both men and women. Avoid during pregnancy. Internet has a lot information about this plant , its health benefits. Before use do some research to be sure and safe.


On Aug 3, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Hardy to zone 3


On Apr 26, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

My tiny 4 inch tall oregano plant grew to 2 feet tall in less than one month and is now spreading like crazy! We grow them here in Florida primarily in fall and winter. They grow very fast! They spread with runners I believe and are very easy to cut off one and give to a friend.

Also known as "pizza herb" they give that distinct taste you need for spaghetti sauce. Also great on globe artichokes and many other meditteranean recipes.


On Oct 31, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Oregano is a good companion plant to rosemary, both requiring similar conditions. It was easy to establish from seed. I sowed seeds in April in 14in clay containers. It took 3-4 months to get beyond tiny seedling stage, but by October the Oregano had covered the bare soil and started to trail down the sides of the pot. Growing in a clay pot, it needs daily watering in summer otherwise it gets limp and miserable looking. My oregano seems less resistant than the rosemary bush to dryness. I have also grown oregano very easily from cuttings in spring and summer. I didn't use rooting hormone, just stuck some bits a neighbour gave me into the soil. I don't seem to be able to get as much flavor as commercial dried oregano when I use the fresh herb in cooking, but it looks pretty in a dish... read more


On Jun 17, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I have 5 different oregano/marjoram plants. Some trail and some get cushiony. I also have a stick oregano and a trailing Cuban or Caribbean oregano.

The Greek and the stick oregano are both blooming at this time.


On Jun 16, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great plant!! SO easy to grow. I planted two 4" pots of it two years ago and it's now a 3'x4'x2'tall mass of beautiful foliage and blooms. LOVE it!


On Mar 19, 2004, sweezel from McKinney, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wonderful herb for hot summers in Texas. Can stand some shade in this area too. I usually cut off all of the bushy mostly bare stems to the ground in February. It keeps it from getting leggy and then it really takes off in March. It will at least double in width every year.


On Jul 30, 2002, darius from So.App.Mtns.,
United States (Zone 5b) wrote:

My photo here is of the low-growing golden oregano I use as a colorful ground cover in full sun. It spreads well without ever being invasive. Mine has never flowered. Zone 6b.


On Feb 9, 2002, Baa wrote:

A low growing perennial native to the Mediterranean, West Asia and North Africa.

Has small, ovate, dark green, heavily scented leaves borne opposite each other on a woody base. Bears 2 lipped, tubular, dark pink to white flowers in clusters. Bees love the flowers.

Flowers April - September

Loves poorish, well drained, alkaline soil in full sun.

Perfume was once made from the roots of this plant and was considered a good, long lasting scent.

The ancient Greeks and Romans crowned newly wed couples with Marjoram and it was thought to be a plant created by Aphrodite. Its use is known to go as far back as ancient Egyptian times. It was also once fed to cows to protect them from abortion and was considered nousirshing for... read more