Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum
Greek oregano is tastier than common oregano and much more restrained in growth. Delivers a delightful, spicy flavor that compliments meats, egg dishes, and salad dressings. Plants are perennial, form low growing, 18-inch mounds. Small white flowers appear in summer. Winter hardy to zone 5. Packet is ⅛ gram, about 1,000 seeds.
How to Plant Greek Oregano Seeds
Sow Greek oregano seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 60-65° F., germination is in about 14 days. Transplant into the garden 12-18 inches apart.
Growing Greek oregano: Sun or part shade. Will tolerate heat and drought, does not like heat combined with high humidity. Needs well-drained soil. For best flavor and maximum harvest, prior to flowering, shear plants back to 2-3 inches tall. Plants will regrow, can be harvested 2 or 3 times more during the season. Flowers attract bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects. Plants are rabbit and deer resistant.