Herb latin name: Origanum virens


Family: Labiatae



Edible parts of Origanum virens:

The leaves are used as a spice.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Dry places, field verges and hedges.

Propagation of Origanum virens:

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 places, field verges and hedges.

Medicinal use of Origanum virens:

None known

Known hazards of Origanum virens:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.