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.
Firm violet-tinged leafy stems elevate tightknit clustered maroon buds plus large, long-blooming rose-pink flowers with rich purple calyces. Slowly spreading by shallow rhizomes, the winsome rounded evergreen leaves entertain tiny silver hairs, and plum-colored accents once the weather cools. A sure-to-please Dutch selection, this Origanum’s spicy-scented foliage makes an undemanding deep green foil for the ornamental blooms that befriend bees and butterflies.
Size: 15" – 18" high x 18" wide.
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