Return to the Butterfly Garden Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Oregano

Posted by bob_71 z7 MD (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 11, 11 at 9:43

For years, when I was shopping at nurseries in the spring, the Oregano plants were extremely popular with the insects including the smaller butterflies. I checked them out and fond that they were members of the wild mint family and a number of different varieties were available. Oreganum vulgare is the common Oregano and is a very compact perennial herb that is filled all summer long with tiny flowers. In addition to many insects, mine has been very popular with the small butterflies (hairstreaks, tailed blue, etc). This year, I ordered several other varieties and have liked them all...one, however has been spectacular even before the first butterfly arrived. It is Oreganum rotundifolium x scabrum 'Kent Beauty Oregano'.

It has a drooping growth habit making it ideal in hanging baskets or tumbling over the edge of a fence...this low-growing habit also limit it's use at ground level. The pastel heavily veined "leaves" are not leaves at all but bracts. They dry well when cut at the color desired and hung upside down in a dry location. The intensity of the colors of the bracts depends on the degree of sunlight...more sun, more color.

Bob


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Oregano

Oh My Goodness! It is stunning!

This one will be added to my, ever growing, wish list.

Once again, awesome photography.

Thanks so much for sharing this beauty.

Betty


 o
RE: Oregano

I'm glad you posted this picture, Bob!
I've been thinking about trying oregano for years, but, for whatever reason, never got around to ordering and planting any.
The little flowers are beautiful!
Sherry


 o
RE: Oregano

I grow Oregano, and yes indeed the flowers attract a lot of pollinators. But I noticed they also attract a lot of wasps! Do yours attract wasps? The Oregano used to be right next to the parsley, so I moved it far away from the Black Swallowtail host plants, in case the wasps decided to look for caterpillars.


 o
RE: Oregano

What a beautiful oregano! I have lots of regular oregano around here, and they are usually covered by little butterflies, especially American Coppers.


 o
RE: Oregano

I love 'Kent Beauty'. It is one of the "landscaping" oreganos. I had one but it didn't make it. I think it needs really good drainage and to be kept dry overwinter. I have seen some pretty decent sized ones in the area that were planted next to foundations. I may have to try it again.

Thanks for the lovely pictures,
Elisabeth


 o
RE: Oregano

I wish mine looked that healthy!

Nice photos, is that with your macro lens?


 o
RE: Oregano

bettyd, thanks for your comments. This one, and the other three varieties I ordered, came from DIGGING DOG NURSERY.

Thanks again, Miss Sherry!

terrene, I have to confess that I have real difficulty determining what is a wasp, what is a bee and what is a fly! I just let nature take it's course.

Bernergrrl, unfortunately, I haven't seen any Copper's in my garden...I don't believe they make it quite this far.

Elisabeth, I'll just have to wait until this one makes it through it's first winter.

Jeanner, Canon 40D-Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Thanks to all of you!

Bob


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Butterfly Garden Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here