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Oregano

Oregano (wild marjoram) (Origanum vulgare)

oregano transplants

Description

Oregano, also called “wild marjoram” is a hardy perennial that has sprawling stems which can grow to 2’ in height. This plant is much coarser than sweet marjoram and smells more like thyme. It has small pink or white flowers.

Culture

Oregano grows well in poor soil and can be propagated by seed or division. Thin plants 10-12” apart. Stimulate foliage by cutting back flowers. Replant when plants become woody in 3-4 years.

Harvesting

Use fresh leaves as needed. Preserve leaves by drying.

Use

Oregano leaves are used extensively as a flavoring on pizza. Sprinkle leaves over lamb or steak rubbed with lemon juice. Add to other Italian-type sauces.

 

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