Variegated Oregano

Variegated Oregano

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Description: Variegated Oregano features small, oval-shaped leaves with a distinctive variegated pattern of green and creamy-white markings. The foliage has a strong, aromatic scent and flavor, characteristic of oregano plants. In addition to its ornamental value, Variegated Oregano produces clusters of small, pink to purple flowers in summer, which are attractive to bees and other pollinators. This cultivar is primarily grown for its foliage, which adds color and texture to herb gardens, containers, and culinary landscapes.

Size: Variegated Oregano is a low-growing herbaceous perennial, typically reaching heights of 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) and spreading to about 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 centimeters) wide at maturity. However, the size of individual plants may vary depending on growing conditions, climate, and cultivation practices. Variegated Oregano forms a dense, spreading mound of foliage, making it an excellent ground cover or edging plant in garden beds and borders.

Best Growing Zones: Variegated Oregano is adaptable to a wide range of climates and growing conditions but thrives in regions with temperate to Mediterranean climates. It is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9, where temperatures rarely drop below -20°F (-29°C). This cultivar prefers mild winters and warm, sunny summers, making it well-suited to areas with long growing seasons and moderate temperatures.

Soil and Sun Requirements: Variegated Oregano prefers well-drained soil with good fertility and a pH level between 6.0 and 7.5. It thrives in full sun to partial shade, receiving at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Adequate sunlight is essential for promoting compact growth and intensifying the variegated foliage color. Variegated Oregano is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or rocky soils, as long as they are well-drained.

Watering: Variegated Oregano has moderate water needs and prefers evenly moist soil. Water young plants regularly during the first growing season to help establish a strong root system. Afterward, water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Avoid overwatering, as soggy soil can lead to root rot and other problems. Mulching around the base of the plant can help conserve soil moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Maintenance: Variegated Oregano is relatively low-maintenance and requires minimal care to thrive. Prune as needed to maintain the desired shape and size, removing any dead, damaged, or leggy growth. Variegated Oregano can be propagated easily by division or stem cuttings, allowing gardeners to multiply their plants and share with others. Regular harvesting of leaves encourages new growth and helps prevent the plant from becoming woody or overgrown.

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