Herb latin name: Origanum compactum

Family: Labiatae

Edible parts of Origanum compactum:

The dried leaves are used as a condiment.

Description of the plant:


30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Habitat of the herb:

Dry hills in S.W. Spain.

Propagation of Origanum compactum:

Seed - sow in a greenhouse in early spring at 10 - 13C and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in March or October. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Basal cuttings of young barren shoots in June. Very easy. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry hills in S.W. Spain.

Medicinal use of Origanum compactum:

None known

Known hazards of Origanum compactum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.