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Oregano is a compact slow-spreading herb that is popularly used in cooking. It is very fragrant and attractive to bees and butterflies.

Latin Name

Origanum vulgare



Type of Plant

Herbs Herbs
Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

July - October


Spring Spring
Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Herb
  • Edible
  • Ground Cover
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil
  • Erosion

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Europe, Asia


    John Bartram was offering oregano for sale between 1771 and 1809.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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