Oregano - Origanum vulgare

Oregano - Origanum vulgare

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Speaking of Origanum vulgare it is good to know that it is a genus consisting of about 20 species, some of which are herbaceous, perennial and aromatic, others are evergreen or semi-permanent shrubs. The flowers are generated from tubulars in the shape of a funnel and are generally gathered in small bunches, forming ears; characteristics are also the bracts, which often accompany the flowering, which occurs in summer and autumn. The leaves of oregano are almost for all species of oval shape. The height of the plant varies according to the species; in general the shrub species can reach up to 80 cm in height, while the herbaceous ones, on the other hand, are generally around 25 to 50 cm high.


the Origanum vulgare plant prefers sunny positions and a warm and dry climate. It is a variety of aromatic plants that fears cold and humidity; for this reason, during the winter season, in the cold areas where the temperatures are rather stiff it is better to withdraw the oregano to place it in a warmer and more protected place or to cultivate it in a greenhouse.


The ideal soil for the cultivation of Origanum vulgare must be well drained, with characteristics that make it from neutral to alkaline, poor or slightly fertile. Oregano is a plant that does not like soils that are too compact and formed from clay, as they do not allow the correct drainage of water, allowing the formation of water stagnations, which are harmful to the health of Origanum vulgare .


To obtain new specimens of this variety, oregano can be propagated by seed: in the autumn or spring season the seeds must be placed in the appropriate multiplication chests and placed in a greenhouse at a temperature of 13-15 ° C. Moreover, all the species propagate by division, during the spring season or by basal or apical cuttings (obtained from branches and non-floriferous stems), in late spring and early Summer.

Cultivation techniques

as already mentioned the plant loves the heat and above all the dry. This is why at a sun exposure a fairly regular watering must be accompanied, but never excessive or abundant, carefully checking that the soil does not present water stagnations that are particularly harmful to the health of these aromatic plants.
The oregano leaves must be harvested during the vegetative period of the plant. Drying is required for winter and commercial use.

Parasites and Diseases

while loving the positions exposed to the sun, the foliage can often be damaged by sunburn caused by sunburn. It is a hardy and resistant plant and is not usually attacked by pests and diseases, but it is necessary to carefully check that water does not form and that there is no excessive environmental humidity, which can cause the onset of mold and root rots.

Oregano - Origanum vulgare: Variety

in this regard we recall the Origanum Vulgare Album, which is characterized by the shrubby habit, the tubular flowers, white bilabials and the green bracts that are born near the flowers, and Origanum Majorana, a variety with an evergreen suffrutice from erect bearing that blooms throughout the summer. Both varieties are widely used in the kitchen.


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  2. Skyler

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  3. Caerleon

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