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Origanum 'Bristol Cross'

An attractive, mound forming, semi-evergreen sub-shrub with aromatic, edible, grey-green leaves and from late summer into autumn pendent whorls of small, tubular, purple-pink flowers with reddish bracts. Excellent for the edge of a border, a rock garden or container growing

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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
Chalk
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Pink Purple Red Green Grey Silver
Autumn Red Pink Purple Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Lamiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Trailing
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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well drained, alkaline soil in full sun. Perfectly suited to container growing. Dislikes winter wet. See oregano cultivation for more information

Propagation

Propagate by basal cuttings or 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
  • Rock garden
Pruning

Cut back spent flower stems in early spring

Pests

May be susceptible to leafhoppers

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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