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Origanum - Oregano

Origanum (Oregano) may be herbaceous perennials or deciduous or evergreen sub-shrubs with rose-purple or white flowers - quite decorative in some species - and aromatic foliage. Commonly used in Greek and Italian dishes, this perennial herb is great as a groundcover, edging plant or in hanging baskets. The smaller varieties do well in rock and alpine gardens. Hardy and low care, Oregano is one of the best of all plants for attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators to your garden.

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Origanum 'Buckland' (Ornamental Oregano)

Origanum 'Buckland' (Ornamental Oregano) is a low, spreading, herbaceous perennial with small, rounded, blue-green, aromatic leaves. Blooming all summer long, it produces whorls of pendulous, dusty pink, hop-like bracts with tiny, orchid pink flowers peeking out of them.

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Origanum 'Kent Beauty' (Ornamental Oregano)

Valued for its long-lasting clusters of pretty flowers and attractive foliage, award-winning Origanum 'Kent Beauty' (Ornamental Oregano) is a semi-evergreen, bushy subshrub with trailing stems densely covered with small, rounded, silver-veined, blue-green, aromatic leaves.

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Origanum 'Kirigami' (Ornamental Oregano)

Origanum 'Kirigami' (Ornamental Oregano) is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial with small, rounded, light green, aromatic leaves adorned with purple-green highlights. Blooming all summer long, it produces whorls of pendulous, dusty pink, hop-like bracts with tiny, rose-pink flowers peeking out of them.

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Origanum 'Rosenkuppel' (Ornamental Oregano)

Valued for its showy clusters of small, violet-red flowers and its fabulous foliage display, purple-flushed with dark plum veins, Origanum 'Rosenkuppel', commonly known as Marjoram or Ornamental Oregano, is a pretty addition to the garden

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Origanum dictamnus (Dittany of Crete)

Aromatic and strangely beautiful, Origanum dictamnus (Dittany of Crete) is a bushy sub-shrub forming a spreading mound of small, rounded, fuzzy silvery-white leaves. The leaves have a mild oregano flavor and may be used for seasoning soups, sauces, salads, roasts, vegetables and meats.

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Origanum majorana (Sweet Marjoram)

Widely cultivated for its mouthwatering fragrance, Origanum majorana (Sweet Marjoram) is a bushy sub-shrub forming a mound of highly aromatic, ovate, gray-green leaves. More delicate in flavor than those of Origanum vulgare (Common Oregano), the leaves go well with meats, fish, salads, Greek and Italian dishes and tomato-based dishes and sauces.

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Origanum syriacum 'Cleopatra' (Syrian Oregano)

Selected for its uniformity, flavor, aroma, and high yields, award-winning Origanum syriacum 'Cleopatra' (Syrian Oregano) is a bushy and compact perennial herb with erect stems densely covered with small, egg-shaped, silvery gray leaves.

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Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' (Golden Oregano)

Highly popular, Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' (Oregano) is a bushy, woody-based perennial forming a spreading clump of wiry stems clothed with broadly ovate, bright golden-yellow leaves. The leaves are pleasantly aromatic but are usually not considered to be good for cooking.

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Origanum vulgare 'Compactum' (Oregano)

Noted for its dwarf size, Origanum vulgare 'Compactum' (Oregano) is a bushy, woody-based perennial forming a low cushion of small, aromatic, ovate leaves smothered from midsummer to fall with loose sprays of tiny, pale pink flowers.

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Origanum vulgare 'Country Cream' (Oregano)

Noted for its lovely variegated foliage, Origanum vulgare 'Country Cream' (Oregano) is a bushy, woody-based perennial forming a clump of wiry stems clothed with small, aromatic leaves edged with cream. The leaves are pleasantly aromatic and good for cooking meat, fish and pasta.

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Origanum vulgare 'Variegata' (Oregano)

Noted for its lovely variegated foliage, Origanum vulgare 'Variegata' (Oregano) is a bushy, woody-based perennial forming a clump of wiry stems clothed with small, aromatic leaves edged with creamy-white. The leaves are pleasantly aromatic and good for cooking meat, fish and pasta.

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Origanum vulgare (Oregano)

Origanum vulgare (Oregano) is a bushy, rhizomatous, woody-based perennial with square stems clothed with small, aromatic, rounded to ovate leaves. Each leaf is covered with many glands, which when broken exude the familiar fragrance of this herb.

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