ornamental oregano ‘Herrenhausen’

Origanum laevigatum ‘Herrenhausen’ (oregano ‘Herrenhausen’) is a shrubby, woody-based marjoram or oregano that is native to rocky areas in Turkey and Cyprus.

Genus name probably comes from Greek word Oros meaning mountain and gamos meaning beauty in reference to the physical appearance of this plant, which is sometimes native of mountain areas where it is appropriately referred to as “beauty of the mountain”.

Tiny purplish-pink, flowers (typically mint family) rise above the foliage in summer in terminal or axillary spikes. Flowers bloom from June to September. The leaves turn red in the fall and are aromatic.

Botanical Name Origanum laevigatum ‘Herrenhausen’
Common Name ornamental oregano ‘Herrenhausen’
Family Lamiaceae
USDA Zone 5 thru 9
Light Requirement Full Sun
Season(s) of interest summer, fall
Height and Spread 1-2ft x 1-2ft (30-60cm x 30-60cm)
Flower Color Purple Pink
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. O. laevigatum native to Europe.
Location in Lurie Garden Northeast Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate, Northwest Light Plate

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