Botanical Name: Origanum vulgare
Native: Asia, Southern Europe
Hardiness: Frost-tolerant perennial in USDA zones 5 and warmer
Plant Dimensions: 18″ tall, spreading
Variety Information: ½”–¾” oval, dark green, lightly fuzzy leaves. Pink to lavender flowers bloom from midsummer to fall. Stalks become woody with age.
Exposure: Full sun
Attributes: Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, when temperatures are warm and settled, and as late as 2 months before your first fall frost date.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 70°–78°F.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: ⅛”–¼”
Seed Spacing: A pinch of seeds every 20″
Row Spacing: 24″
Thinning: When 2″–3″ tall, thin to 1 every 20″
Harvesting: Cut stems when needed after the plant is at least 6″ tall. Some oregano aficionados claim the best flavor comes just before the plant flowers. Pruning the stems also encourages fullness and fresh, new growth on the plant.