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  • Scientific Name: Origanum libanoticum
  • Garden: Beneficial Insects and Compost Garden
  • Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun
  • Moisture Requirements: Dry

Plant Information

Unusual hybrid that has created some striking effects for an ornamental oregano. Distinctly upright stems to 2′ tall, beginning in June groups of up and outwards facing pink small hope like structures bear tiny violet pink flowers. Bloom goes on virtually for months and even when officially done these “hops” remain and change to a deep madder red. A large plant with dozens of upright stems bearing these remnants of flowers is really cool. Full sun and rich, well-drained soil. Consistent light watering. Detach the whole stem from the base as a long-lasting unusual cut flower. Dies to a low rosette of leaves in winter. Cut back the dead remaining upright stems in spring. Cold hardy. Plant type: Herbaceous perennial | Sun exposure: Full Sun Biome: Hot Aspects, Low Water/No Water, Oregon Coast | USDA Hardiness zone: Zn6a -5º to -10ºF Foliage color: Gray-green, Red/Pink | Foliage season: Winter Deciduous

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ORLI flower Grace Peterson (©2020 Grace Peterson)
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