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Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Dark Purple in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Purple in Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

oregano 'Herrenhausen'

Family

Lamiaceae


Origanum may be herbaceous perennials or deciduous or evergreen sub-shrubs, with aromatic foliage and spikes of small tubular flowers usually with conspicuous bracts

'Herrenhausen' is a woody-based herbaceous perennial forming a loose clump of wiry stems to 45cm, with small, ovate, purple-flushed leaves and heads of tubular pink flowers with deep purple bracts

Synonym(s)

  • Origanum 'Herrenhausen'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained, preferably alkaline soil in full sun. Dislikes winter wet

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring. Propagate by basal cuttings in late spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Rock Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Cut back old, flowered stems in early spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free