Golden Oregano 'Aureum'

Origanum vulgare

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




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage

Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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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:

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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


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

Florence, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Carlsbad, California

Concord, California

Irvine, California

Merced, California

Sacramento, California

Atlanta, Georgia

Monticello, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Fordland, Missouri

Chocowinity, North Carolina

Weaverville, North Carolina

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Dallas, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Newport News, Virginia

Colville, Washington

Concrete, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 8, 2018, Ozarkmaid from Gainesville, MO wrote:

One of my absolute favorite filler plants! If you like the look of golden creeping Jenny, but dont want to deal with the invasiveness, try Golden oregano. It is so easy to divide and start new plants, as they fill in and spread fairly quickly, but they form tidy, well-behaved clumps. I will just break off a stem, and tuck it in the ground where ever I want a new one! I usually dont even water them in, and even during periods of drought, these tough little plants root and thrive. Goes with almost anything, and the lovely foliage makes a wonderful contrast to other plants. Looks a little scraggly during winter, and a few times Ive thought I lost them, but come spring, they magically reappear and they are one of tvhe first things in the garden to start looking beautiful again. Highly re... read more


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?


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.


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.


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!


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.


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. :)