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Oregano

Origanum vulgare

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Purple, 5 petals
 
Dense,compact rose-purple flower spikes with maroon-coloured bracts. 5 petals.
Fruit:
The fruit is comprised of 4 brown, single-seeded, tear-shaped nutlets.
Leaves:
Olive-green, oval leaves, up to 2.5cm long. The leaves are in opposite pairs along the stems. Leaf margins are either smooth or shallowly toothed and the tips of the leaves can be either pointed or blunt.
Maximum Size:
75 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The leaves are edible, raw or cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Strong-smelling, similar to Thyme and Sage.
Other Names:
English Marjoram, European Oregano, Grove Marjoram, Mountain Mint, Pot Marjoram, Spanish Thyme, Wild Marjoram, Winter Marjoram, Wintersweet.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, grassland, hedgerows, roadsides, scrub.