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Origanum amanum
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Amanus oregano

O. amanum is a low, spreading subshrub, with small, ovate, aromatic leaves and slender, long-tubed pink flowers 3-4cm in length, arising from heads of pink-tinged bracts

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Pink Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Lamiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Origanum may be herbaceous perennials or deciduous or evergreen sub-shrubs, with aromatic foliage and spikes of small tubular flowers usually with conspicuous bracts

Name status

Correct

Plant range
E Mediterranean, Turkey

How to grow

Cultivation

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

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Gravel garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Wildlife gardens
Pruning

Cut back old flowered stems in early spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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