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Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbs - Culinary or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Yellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer

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

golden oregano

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

'Aureum' is a woody-based perennial to 30cm in height, forming a spreading clump of wiry stems bearing broadly ovate, bright golden-yellow leaves, and light pink tubular flowers in small terminal clusters

Other common names

  • golden marjory

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in a any well-drained (preferably alkaline) soil, in full sun or partial shade

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by cuttings of non-flowering shoots in mid-summer or by division in the autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Rock Garden, Wildflower meadow or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Cut back old, flowered stems in early spring

Pests

Can get leafhoppers

Diseases

Generally disease free