Name Greek Mountain Oregano;
Botanical Name Oreganum vulgare
Native to Mediterranean and Turkey but is widely naturalized in North Africa, western Asia, parts of India and is widely grown elsewhere
Water Medium to dry (but not mesic)
Sun Full sun; tolerates part shade
4" pots: $2.20
6" pots: $3.50
1 Gallon Root Pouch: 5.00
Clay pots and planters: Prices vary
Greek Mountain Oregano has a fleshy, dark green leaf with an intense flavor (stronger than our Marjoram plant). Its small, white flowers are produced on trailing branches. It will enjoy full sun.
Will Tolerate &
Keeping in Going
Full sun produces a more intense flavor, but it can be grown in part shade.
Must have well-drained soil
Re-pot plants as they grow; plants will root at trailing stems.
Soil that is consistently moist
A shady environment
Points of Interest
The Oreganos (the group of plants falling under this category) are native to the Mediterranean area. The group is slightly confusing because of the colloquial names that have been given to them. For example, "Marjoram" is the common English name given to the Origanum species, but Origanum vulgare (wild marjoram) is widely known as Oregano, and Origanum onites is sometimes called Greek Oregano. In addition, there are many hybrids which are given various names.
This particular oregano is in the category of Origanum vulgare. It's flavor varies according to soil, sun and growing conditions, but in general, because of a higher proportion of thymol, will have a more intense flavor than marjoram.
In its native environment, it is found growing in dry soils on sunny, open hillsides.
Origanum means "joy of the mountain", with the Greek oros (mountain) and ganos (brightness or joy).
The Greek legend surrounding this plant is this: Aphrodite, the goddess of love, found this plant at the very depths of the ocean. She brought it to the top of a mountain where it could be closer to the sun. Since then, it has always been associated with the return of sunshine and warmth and the banishment of sorrow.
It is used in weddings and funerals; made into crowns for newly wed couples; and planted on the graves of the deceased.
Uses: Medicinal, culinary and aromatic
Medicinal: antiseptic properties; used to treat nervous anxiety, insomnia, tension headaches, colds and digestive complaints. Diluted oil is used externally to treat sprains and stiff joints; and muscular aches.
Culinary: Marjoram is said to have the most delicate flavor of the oreganos. It is widely used in Mediterranean cuisine.
Aromatic: Essential oil is used in the cosmetic industry.