|ORIGANUM vulgare - Oregano|
Lamiaceae; native to Greece, Spain, and Southern Europe.
Germination: Best sown indoors at a temperature of 68-70° with no cover as light aids in germination. Expect germination in 10-15 days. Seeds can also be sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past in the spring and when the soil is warm. Outdoors, sow with barely any cover.
Growth: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves. Plant out after all danger of frost is past. Space seedlings 15-18 inches apart in full sun. Site in a neutral to alkaline, moderately fertile, dry, well-drained soil. It is very drought tolerant. Sheer plants back when they get leggy.
Appearance and Use: This vigorous, 6-18 inch tall plant spreads to 18 inches wide. It is as useful for ornamental purposes in the border as it is for culinary purposes in the herb garden. In midsummer it is covered in pink, purple, or white flowers that are very attractive to bees and butterflies.
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