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Herbaceous PerennialHerbs - Culinary

Origanum 'Hot and Spicy'
  • RHS AGM
  • RHS Plants for pollinators

A mound-forming, rhizomatous, deciduous perennial with attractive, rounded, finely hairy, edible, grey-green leaves that carry a spicy flavour. Whorls of small, two-lipped, white to purple-pink flowers appear in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Chalk
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer White Purple Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Lamiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
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

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well drained, alkaline soil in full sun. Perfectly suited to container growing. See oregano cultivation for more information. See rhs.org.uk/trials-awards

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Wildlife gardens
Pruning

Cut back spent flower stems in early spring. If growing for culinary use, remove flowers stems before flowers open to encourage leaf growth

Pests

May be susceptible to leafhoppers

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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