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Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Josée Bouthot)
Origanum vulgare
  • Origanum vulgare
  • Origanum vulgare



Origin and description

Oregano is native to Eurasia. It is closely related to marjoram (Origanum majorana). It is highly aromatic, with a pungent, slightly sour taste, and is a key ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine. Its scent and flavour are somewhat similar to mint and basil. It is especially fragrant when grown in full sun.
Cycle: Perennial.
Width: 45 cm.
Height: 60 cm.

Species, cultivars and related plants

The cultivar ‘Aureum’ has golden foliage and is propagated by cuttings. Other cultivars have different tastes, being more or less strong and spicy.

Common name


Latin name (genus)

Origanum vulgare

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Lamiaceae

Growing conditions

Full sun.


Seedlings: inside in March–April.

Division in spring.


Culinary uses: fresh or dried leaves

See also

Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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