Origanum vulgare or as we know Oregano, Wild Marjoram, English Marjoram, Grove Marjoram, Pot Marjoram, or Wintersweet is a plant from the mint or Lamiaceae family of plants. Origanum vulgare is a woody-based perennial, though in a colder climate it is grown as an annual.
It is native to Western and Southwestern Eurasia as well as the Mediterranean region. Origanum vulgare has opposite leaves that are spade-shaped. The flowers are pinkish-purple and appear on erect spikes. They appear in summer and autumn. This plant is an herb related to the Marjoram herb. Many subspecies have been developed over the years that are stronger in taste than the original.
Plant it in well-drained soil that is on the drier side and alkaline, in full sun or partial shade. Propagate by seed or by division. It is disease-free, but watch out for leafhoppers. Oregano is a culinary herb that is affected by it is the environment, the type of soil, the climate are all factors that change the flavor of the 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”. But it is used in cuisines around the world in Greece, Turkey, Spain as well as in countries in Latin America.
Oregano also has medicinal purposes, Oregano oil has been used in traditional medicine.