Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Origanum
Species: O. vulgare


Oregano (Origanum Volgare L.) is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family, like thyme and sage.
It is native to the warm-temperate zone of the Mediterranean and the south west of Asia.
It is fairly hardy and prefers full sunlight and well drained soil.
Oregano is a creeping plant, the stalks, densely covered in hairs, grow along the ground and then branch upwards.
It has a woody root system with a great number of rhizomes, secondary roots that grow horizontally below the surface of the ground, and from which new stalks sprout.  
The leaves are small, elongated-oval shaped, bright green in colour and are not always covered in hairs.
The white or pinkish flowers, found in apical inflorescences, can be seen during the hotter months of the year.
Oregano can be harvested by cutting the small stalks and hanging them in bunches to dry. The best period for the harvest is while the plant is flowering, which is when there is the greatest concentration of essential oils in the leaves.
Oregano is appreciated in the kitchen thanks to its flavour, while in the field of herbal medicine, similarly to thyme, it is used for its digestive and antiseptic properties.

Growing Sheet

Scientific name Origanum vulgare
Productivity cycle Perennial
Recommended Seeding In Pots
Number of seeds 10
Sowing Depth 0.50 cm
Distance between rows 55 cm / 70 cm
Distance between rows 30 cm / 45 cm
Average growing time years / 9 years
Average sprouting time 40 gg / 55 gg
Estimated growing sqm per person 0.3
Ideal Sprouting Temperature (C°) 9 °c - 11 °c
Soil pH 6.00 / 9.00
Can be grown in pots yes