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