The joy and beauty of the garden , Oregano.

Origanum dictamnus, Dittany of Crete

The word Oregano is derived from the Greek oros, meaning ‘mountain’ and ganos, meaning ‘joy’ and ‘beauty’, how right.  This is the most wonderful group of plants that not only look stunning at this time of year but are also useful in the kitchen  and very beneficial for bees and butterflies.

The leaves of this herb have a wonderful rounded flavour and a tea can be made from the leaves to ease an upset  stomach.   Sadly this  oregano, is now endangered in the wild.  To grow it in the UK you must plant it in a very well drained soil as otherwise our wet winters will cause it to rot.

Another wonderful oregano in this group is  Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’ much beloved by bees.

Origanum ‘Kent Beuaty’

These amazing bracts which surround the small flowers turn an even deeper shade of pink as the flowers fade.

The bracts dry beautifully making them ideal for dried flower arrangements and a wonderful Christmas presents for friends.

Origanum ‘Jekka’s Beauty’

This oregano I found as a seedling growing  along side  Origanum dictamnus.  I propagated it and found that it ran true from cuttings so named it Origanum ‘Jekka’s Beauty’.   The leaves of this oregano are also hairy, just like O. dictamnus, and they also have a good culinary flavour.

With all these special, beautiful, Oregano’s it is essential to cut them back hard after flowering so that they make a new crown of leaves which will then help the plant survive the winter months.  You will then  be rewarded with a spectacular display  in the following summer.

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10 thoughts on “The joy and beauty of the garden , Oregano.

  1. I certainly concur with your comments about bees – I have 5 hives in my garden and the oregano is currently the most popular plant.

  2. Reblogged this on The Botanical Baker and commented:
    I started growing oregano a few summers ago and I wish I’d had this article by Jekka’s Herb Farm for reference.
    I’ve been using oregano a lot in salads and breads. It’s a great source of Vitamin K which I am deficient in. It’s one of those vitamins that people forget about but is actually essential for good bone health.
    As with many herbs, it’s a great source of fibre. The variety I grow is subtle enough to use liberally.
    Finally, you may not know that oregano is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Odd eh?

    Aside from all of those lovely health benefits, growing oregano and particularly the ‘Kent Beauty’ below, is great for our bees. I know they can be a pain – especially with children around – but think about life without them? No honey for starters!

  3. Hi…
    I’ve used oil of oregano for any skin conditions. I found that oil of oregano gets rid of ringworm but it also stings. Any suggestions for my baby?
    Thank you
    Eva Maryam

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