Origanum vulgare
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Origanum vulgare

oregano
wild majorum
organy
pot majorum

  family lamiaceae 
  genus origanum 

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Identification
Genus  Origanum Species  vulgare Variety  Cultivar  Common names  oregano   wild majorum   organy   pot majorum Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S11146 Data source  DyePl p58;HtZn p148;MedPl p240;Frgnt p356;Frgnt p172
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Herbaceous perennial Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Herb Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  6" - 2' Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Dry, well drained Optimal soil texture  Rich Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 10-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Origanum vulgare have a mildly pungent aroma. Keep a watchful eye on this because it tends to be invasive. Red is the most typical color produced by Oregano (also known as organy, wild majorum or pot majorum). Wild majoram was used in Bosnia and Herzegovina for dyeing. This plant can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30 Fahrenheit. This species needs summer days with high heat. This plant likes soils that are rich. Full sun is needed for this species to do its best. It does well in dry, well drained soils.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities  Invasive
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  carminative   cholagogue   antiseptic   emmenagogue   dental anesthetic Medicinal parts  Aerial parts   Essential oil Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  yes Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Do not take essential oil internally. Medicinal notes  Origanum vulgare is most frequently used cooked. Oregano (sometimes called organy, wild majorum or pot majorum) has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as a carminative, as a cholagogue, as an antiseptic and as an emmenagogue. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) This plant is not safe for use during pregnancy. The aerial parts and the essential oil are used in herbal preparations. Do not take essential oil internally.
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  spicy fragrant leaves. sweet and aromatic scent; used in cooking. pungen Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Pungent Dye parts  Dye color  red
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Cooked Nutritional value  Edible parts  Leaves Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes  Origanum vulgare is considered to have originated from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   

 

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