Oregano (Origanum)

Scott Atkinson
Quick facts and care essentials

A perennial herb that grows best in Zones 1-24, 30-45, oregano is popular in Italian, Greek, and Spanish cooking. Use its leaves fresh or dried. Many kinds are available; of these, Greek oregano is considered one of the most flavorful. The plants reach 2½ feet tall and spread at a moderate rate by underground stems. Set them out 1½ to 2 feet apart; keep flowers cut back to encourage bushiness.


  • Perennial
  • Zones vary by species
  • Full sun
  • Little water
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