Oregano Hot ‘n’ Spicy description:
Cream flowers in late summer – better than Greek Oregano, but really we’re putting it in the garden for the aromatic leaves and it’s usefulness in the kitchen.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Good for wildlife in general.
How easy is it to grow:
This is good for a herb garden, border or patio but is a little tricky. The soil needs to be well drained and the plant needs to be trimmed to keep the growth low and bushy.
Botanical name: Origanum vulgare hirtum Hot ‘n’ Spicy.
Oregano Hot ‘n’ Spicy culinary uses:
Use in soups, stews, sauces and Italian dishes.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a gap.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil, also tolerates acidic soil and chalky soil.
How much moisture:
Normal moisture or dryish stony soil.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy if drainage is good.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
If there are any leaves with brown spots, pick off infected leaves or cut the stems off and pick up any fallen leaves.
Size of plant:
Height 40 cm.
Spread 50 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 4 plants per square metre.
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