Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’

Origanum vulgare 'Aureum'

Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’    Family: Lamiaceae
(oh-RIG-an-um  vul-GAR-ay)

Common name: golden oregano
Zone: 5 – 9
Height: 12 in (30cm)   Spread: 12-18 in (30-45cm)
Aspect: morning sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate    

Description: An herbaceous perennial with a spreading habit. Small, fragrant, ovate leaves are a bright golden-yellow colour. Small, tubular, pink to lavender-coloured flowers appear above the foliage in early to late summer.

 

Special Notes: Culinary herb; use same as species. Golden colour holds best in cooler weather. Less scorching on the leaves if given partial shade during the hottest part of the day. Clip back hard in late June or early July to maintain its low, creeping habit. Drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant. Propagation by division in early spring or autumn; basal cuttings in late spring.

 

RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993

 

 

Posted on May 10, 2013

Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum Crispum’

Origanum vulgare 'Aureum Crispum'

Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum Crispum’    
(oh-RIG-an-um  vul-GAR-ay)
Family: Lamiaceae

Common name: golden curly oregano, golden crinkled oregano
Zone: 5 – 9
Height: 6 in (15cm)   Spread: 12-18 in (30-45cm)
Aspect: morning sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate    

Description: An herbaceous perennial with a slow, spreading habit. Small, fragrant, crinkled leaves are a bright golden-yellow colour. Tiny clusters of pink flowers appear above the foliage in early to late summer.

 

Special Notes: Culinary herb but with a milder flavour than the species. Best used fresh; not cooked. Golden colour holds best in cooler weather. Provide relief from hot mid-day sun to prevent scorching. Drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant. Propagate by division in early spring or autumn; basal cuttings in late spring.

 

Posted on May 10, 2013

 

Rumex sanguineus var. sanguineus

Rumex sanguineus

Rumex sanguineus var. sanguineus       
(ROO-meks  san-GWIN-ee-us)
Family: Polygonacee

Common name: bloody dock; red-veined dock; bloody sorrel
Zone: 4 – 8
Height: 10-15 in (25-38cm)  Spread: 6-12 in (15-30cm)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate    

Description: An herbaceous perennial with an upright habit and a long tap-root. Bright green, lanceolate leaves have a gentle ripple and are distinctively marked with deep red veining. Tiny, star-shaped flowers are borne on erect stems in June through July. Flowers start out green then turn reddish-brown before producing dark brown seeds. Seeds ripen late July through September.

 

Special Notes: Native to Europe, northern Africa and southwest regions of Asia. Flowers are hermaphrodite – have both male and female organs. Cut plant back hard after flowering to produce a fresh flush of leaves. Leaves are edible but contain oxalic acid which gives them an acid-lemon flavour. Safe to eat in moderate amounts. Oxalic acid concentration level is lower in young leaves; increases as leaves age. Limit amount of leaves in diet if you suffer from arthritis, rheumatism, kidney stones, gout or hyperacidity. Problems may include slugs, snails, rust, leaf spot and smuts – a plant disease caused by a particular fungus. Propagate by seed; division in spring or fall.

 

Posted on May 7, 2013

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