Oregano, White Flowered Greek (Organic)
Origanum vulgaris hirtum. Perennial in zones 5-9.
With its pungent, flavorful leaves, this is possibly the best strain for culinary use. A must have for the perennial herb garden, oregano is essential in many Mediterranean dishes. Best used straight out of the garden but also delicious dried. We even use it as a northern-grown replacement for Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens) in some recipes. Small, white flowers attract beneficial insects, including many bumblebees. Very easy to grow – does well in dry or wet conditions and is happy in containers, too. Greek oregano oil is used medicinally as an anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Formerly listed as Origanum heracleoticum.
Surface sow seeds indoors 10 weeks before last frost. 60˚F soil temp for germination in 7-14 days. May also be direct sown after soil has warmed. Thin or transplant to 10” in all directions. Grows well in full sun and dry conditions. Perennial to zone 4.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Shell by hand, winnow or screen to clean. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from other varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile.