Oregano: Let's get technical about this

TrishcuitFebruary 27, 2012

I was looking for Greek Oregano seeds at a garden center today. I don't want to mail order one packet, when the shipping itself is likely to be more than the actual product. Therefore I was forced to shop local, in a place that had the best offering of seed in the area.

I checked and checked and rechecked again the Thompson Morgan rack but to no avail. I ended up buying a pack of seeds from OSC labelled simply "Oregano". Did I get an imposter, like winter marjoram?

Here is the link with the latin name. Are they being purposely vague? Did I get duped?

Here is a link that might be useful: Oregano from OSC

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t-bird(Chicago 5/6)

likely, lol! I bought a pot of "greek oregano" from a farmers market, let it proliferate over 3 years. Smells great -but no flavor. Seems it is not the true greek....so I bought a packet from a reputable place - forget now - and have the seeds winter sown out back.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 9:28AM
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Glad I didn't pay a lot for it then.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 10:57AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

One of the best known herb specialist in this country is Jekka Mcvicar. I have just looked at her list and Greek Oregano is listed as Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum 'Greek' Greek Oregano. Maybe you'll need search under that name specifically.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jekkas herbs

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 1:08PM
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You might try Richter's Herbs since it is in Canada...maybe shipping won't be so bad. I tried to go to their site, but either my computer is glitching out, or their site is(might be really busy this time of year).
You could also try one of the seed exchanges...may only cost you an SASE and/or a trade.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 4:31PM
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I just tried the Richters site and it is working now. They do have greek oregano, Origanum vulgare hirtum.


    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 7:15AM
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You might want to just buy a potted plant, the leaves are you test for taste they are not as pointed as other varieties. I bought a 3 inch pot a few years ago and have been giving it away ever since as it is now over 4 foot by 4 foot bed it likes to spread out. So now I have more than I will ever use but I do enjoy the smell also so there is no waste. I may try planting it in other areas of my lawn to see if it will help provide something other than bare earth under some of my trees.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 11:51AM
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Yes I have resigned myself to buying a potted one this year. Usually I sow seeds and sell or give away extras. (helps pay for my little obsession). I guess Oregano won't be on the list this year. If I can get a hold of a good potted plant then I will save the seeds.
Thanks for all the replies folks.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2012 at 3:30PM
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Well if you sell seeds after your oregano gets going you should be able to sell Oregano plants as they love to spread out in a few years.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 8:43AM
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