Greek Oregano Plant

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 18 - 24 Inches
  • Mature Spread 18 - 24 Inches
  • Growing Zones 5 - 8

Greek Oregano, Oreganum hirtum, is a vigorously growing herb essential for adding the taste of the Mediterranean to your cooking. Not only is this plant tasty, but it is an excellent groundcover and attracts beneficial pollinators late in the summer when left to flower. The spicy, small leaves are harvestable throughout the spring and summer and even into the cold months in USDA growing zones 5-9.

Greek Oregano Care  

Oregano thrives in full sun and quick-draining soils. This Mediterranean perennial tolerates the winds and salt spray of coastal hillsides and grows in almost any soil texture except for heavy clay. Mulch plants with 2-3 inches of organic compost after planting. The compost fertilizes the soil as it breaks down over the growing season and keeps the root zone moist and cool. Cut back the stems regularly to provide herbs for cooking and keep Oregano from flowering. 

Growing Greek Oregano

Oregano is remarkably free of pests and diseases. Deer will not browse on the plants, and rabbits stay far away. Oregano can be grown indoors in a south-facing window that receives bright light all day. Greek Oregano makes for a very aromatic dried herb. Dehydrating Oregano stems in a warm oven or on an electric dehydrator until crispy and paper-like is the best way to preserve the flavor of this summery herb.

Plant oregano in containers with large drainage holes and use a potting mix that is free draining with perlite added. Start the plants in a small container at least 6 inches in diameter, moving up a size each time the plant is repotted. Keep the soil watered, never letting more than the top 1-2 inches of soil dry between waterings. Oregano makes a fragrant filler or thriller if left to flower in mixed container plantings for the deck or patio.

Watering Greek Oregano

Oregano is very drought tolerant and develops the spiciest flavor when not overwatered. Let the top 3-4 inches of soil dry between waterings for Oregano planted in the ground. Water it every 7-10 days with 1 inch of water. Overwatering will not only reduce the flavor of Oregano, but it could also cause root rot and the eventual death of the plant.

Feeding Greek Oregano

Greek Oregano does not require large amounts of fertilizers and is easily fed and mulched at the same time with organic compost. Spread 2-3 inches of compost over the root zone early in the spring for plants growing in the garden. Container-grown Oregano will benefit from application of a diluted liquid feed, such as fish emulsion or liquid kelp, once a month.

Greek Oregano Plant Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8
Plant Type: Edible Plants
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 18 - 24 Inches
Mature Spread: 12 - 15 Inches
Spacing: 12 - 15 Inches
Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: N/A
Watering: Average
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: N/A
Attracts: Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Fragrant
Brand: Sarahs Superb Herbs
Common Name: Greek Oregano Plant
Other Name(s): Greek Oregano
Scientific Name: Origanum v.s. Hirtum - Greek Oregano

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.