Origanum vulgare, or Oregano, is a hardy perennial that can grow up to two feet tall. It is known for its light green oval leaves with a downy underside, and white flowers that form in clusters. The flowers are sometimes purple in color, and this herb is closely related to marjoram.

Oregano is most commonly used in American-Italian cuisine, making its first major appearance during World War II. It is common among many other cuisines as well. The herb as a warm, sweet and bitter taste to it, and can sometimes be more flavorful dried than fresh. It is also used medically for its very high antioxidant levels.

This herb grows best in well drained, medium rich soil in full sun. It is best for the plant and for the garden to continually trim and replant the trimmings to encourage more growth. Before using a type of oregano for cooking, be sure to try a pinch before adding a lot of the herb to the recipe.

Fun Fact: Plants should be placed about 12 inches apart to prevent cross breeding, creating less desirable offspring.

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