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Italian Oregano Herb Plant

Origanum vulgare 

Grow Your Own! Growing and harvesting your own herbs is easy and cheaper than buying from the store.

Oregano is a fragrant cross between oregano and marjoram and is well known for it's use in tomato dishes, pizza, stews and breads.

Common Name: Oregano

Type: Herbaceous perennial                        

Family: Lamiaceae                        

USDA Zones: 4–8

Exposure: Full sun, in moist well-drained soil.

Bloom Time: July-October.                    

Flowers: Pink

Fertilizer: Add compost at planting time.

Mature size: 12"-36" tall x 18"-24" wide

Resists: Deer 



Planting: Plant after danger of frost has passed. You can plant this in spring or fall. Select an area with sandy loam, which has good drainage where it will get at least 6 hours of direct sun. Space approx. 12” apart. This plant should be planted at the same depth it was growing in the container.

Watering: Give about an inch of water per week. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can cause root rot and other problems.

To harvest and store: Harvest before the flowers appear for optimal flavor. Collect on a dry day, in the morning after the dew has dried, and hang in small bunches (to ensure proper drying) in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight for a week until thoroughly dry. Then remove the dried herbs from the stems, and store in an air tight container such as a glass jar, out of direct sunlight. Properly dried herbs should last between 1-3 years.

Plant Type
Sun Exposure
Full (6 hrs min of direct of sun)
Bees and Butterflies
Best for
Drought Garden