Plants We Love: Origanum

Plant name: ‘Kent Beauty’ oregano, ‘Kent Beauty’ marjoram
Botanical name: Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’
Virtues: A rugged, easy grower with excellent floral appeal and fragrant foliage. Its trailing habit and undemanding nature make it a good choice for containers and hanging baskets.
Flower: Flowers dangle from multiple large pink bracts from summer through fall.
Foliage: Small, silvery and fragrant, though not as strongly scented as culinary oreganos.
Habit: Bushy and trailing, with stems to one foot long.
Season: Spring through fall.
Origin: Hybrid of Oregano rotundifolium and O. scabrum
Cultivation: Easy to grow. Tolerates average soil but prefers a gritty, sandy mix. Provide good drainage. Tolerates heat and drought. Can be grown as an annual or a perennial. USDA Zones 6–9.

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