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Oregano is an easy to grow perennial herb which will return for you most every spring. (It's hardy through Zone 5, so an unusually fierce winter may injure plants.) It is an attractive plant with a neat, 12" high bushy habit, small gray-green leaves and small white flowers. Oregano works very well in containers.

Oregano is highly aromatic and a staple in Mediterranean and Latino cuisines. It's pungency is especially complementary to cooked meats and tomato dishes. Oregano is a popular ingredient in herbal blends.

The flavor intensifies after flowering in all varieties. Most chefs prefer the flavor of Greek Oregano icon (Origanum vulgare ssp hirtum) over Italian Oregano (Origanum x majoricum).


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