Botanical name: Origanum vulgare
How to grow it:
Oregano is a creeping perennial herb that’s super easy to grow and makes a great ground cover. It’s ideal conditions are hot, sunny and dry but I’ve found it does well just about anywhere. Unless your climate is cold – then you may have to treat it as a spring planted annual.
Does well in pots with a more prostrate plant like Rosemary or Bay Leaf – no mulching needed if you get Oregano established.
Really easy to propagate – just divide out some rooted cuttings from an established plant, replant, water in for a few days and mostly your oregano will take off without any further help.
In the Kitchen:
Oregano is a great flavouring herb use fresh or dried and in combinations with other herbs.
Common in mediterranean cuisine used with meat, red sauces, vegetables. Dried leaves sprinkled over salads.
Also makes a delicious, healthy, tonic tea.