An annual herb that is grown almost exclusively for culinary use. It grows on average to 35 cm, (14") tall. A sprawling plant which features pungently aromatic, flavorful, oval, dark green leaves which are commonly used in cooking as a seasoning. Best leaf flavor usually occurs just prior to flowering, but the quality of flavor can vary considerably from plant to plant. Tiny, white to rosy pink flowers appear in loose spikes throughout the summer..
Oregano can be grown from seeds, cuttings, or divisions. If starting from seeds, sow them 1cm (½”) deep and 30cm (12”) apart in well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Oregano prefers full sun and a soil pH between 6.0 and 8.0. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged during the growing season. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
Oregano leaves can be harvested as needed once the plant reaches at least 10cm (4”) tall. To encourage bushier growth, pinch off the tips of the stems as the plant grows.