Origanum vulgare or as we know Oregano, Wild Marjoram, English Marjoram, Grove Marjoram, Pot Marjoram, or Wintersweet. It is a plant from the Lamiaceae family of plants. That is the mint family. Origanum vulgare is a woody-based perennial. But they grow it as an annual in colder climates.
It is native to Western and Southwestern Eurasia as well as the Mediterranean region. Origanum vulgare has opposite, spade-shaped leaves. The flowers are pinkish-purple. They grow on erect spikes. Origanum vulgare flowers from summer into autumn. Many subspecies of Origanum vulgare have been cultivated that are stronger in taste than the original.
How to grow Origanum vulgare:
Grow Origanum vulgare in full sun or partial shade. Plant it in well-drained soil. It prefers drier and alkaline soil. Propagate by seed or by division. It is disease-free. Watch out for leafhoppers.
Oregano is a culinary herb that is affected by its environment. The type of soil, the climate are all factors that change the flavor of this herb. It has been popular in Italy for years. After World War II, it was brought to the USA by soldiers as the “pizza herb”. They use it in cuisines around the world in Greece, Turkey, Spain. It is also popular in Latin America.
Origanum vulgare also has medicinal purposes. They also use Oregano oil in traditional medicine.