The Greeks called this ancient 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. A sun-loving genus hailing from the Mediterranean, Origanums display small, tubular, whorled flowers often arranged in showy overlapping bracts, and prefer sharp-draining soil.
Reminiscent of decorative braids, slim blooms emphasize small deep rose and chartreuse bracts and assume a refined aspect. Tipped with tiny purple flowers, clustered bracts are held at nearly right angles to upright and leafy reddish stems. This long lasting, delicate floral presentation is grounded by medium green foliage, and casts earthy yet saturated hues in the border or a bouquet.
Size: 6" – 8" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 6.
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