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Origanum rotundifolium AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver 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

round-leaved 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

O. rotundifolium is a tufted perennial to 20cm, with rounded greyish leaves 2cm in length. Small tubular, pink flowers among conspicuous pale green bracts forming hop-like heads

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed

Cultivation

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

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline
  • Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Cut back old flowered stems in early spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free