Origanum vulgare
‘Compacta Nana’


Small, compact and so strikingly pretty that many people don’t realize that they also have a very fine culinary herb. A treasured gift from the late Gary Matson of Redding, CA it grows into an incredibly tight mound, slowly spreading to 2-3’ wide and the only maintenance required is a shearing in the Winter when the 10” flower stems finish blooming. It looks terrific spreading on mounds or spilling over edges of bed and pots. In the early Summer the bees line up at the 1” clusters of rosy pink flowers and you can use the florets as nice addition to salads. The 1/4” wide and 1/2” wide leaves are superb in any dish requiring oregano. Give the plant reasonably well-drained soil (some clay is OK).

Anni J.

Low/No Summer Water

Perennial Herb
USDA Zones 5-10