Magnify glass

Oregano Wild Mushroom


Origanum vulgare

A British native well suited to our climate

A spreading bushy herb that grow into a mound of neat, round, green leaves with a spicy fragrance which slightly less ntense than the Mediteranean varieties. In summer there's a display of pink flowers that the bees will love.


Happiest in full sun, looks great in pots, gravel beds, raised beds or the front of a sunny border.


Easy to grow in a well-drained soil, but add some coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing.

Add the leaves to flavour stews, sauces, stuffing and salads.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Herb, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering July - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Acid, Chalk, Clay, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Mediterranean garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Garden edging, Patio container

Typically available

From February to September