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