The Greeks called this ancient Mediterranean herb oros ganos, meaning “joy of the mountain,” and legend has it that Aphrodite created the sweet spicy scent of its leaves as a symbol of happiness. Preferring sharp-draining soil and a sunny spot, Origanums display small, whorled tubular flowers often arranged in showy overlapping bracts.
We collected this exceptionally floriferous form of vulgare at Ed Carmen’s nursery and named it in his honor. Multitudes of deep pink blooms and striking, dark purple bracts are held atop sinuous, leafy flower stems some 2-½ ft. above the bluish green mound of basal foliage. To create a harmonious melding of purple and blue, let it sprawl beside a path with Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’, Euphorbia ‘Dean’s Hybrid’ and Aster ‘Bill’s Big Blue’.
Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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