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Origanum Rotundifolium ‘Light Green Oregano’

Trial: Perennial

Years Trialed: , 1

Good Qualities:

Year 1:

As with the mountain mint, these plants looked dead upon arrival but were planted anyway, they just never came out of it; Long vase life! Excellent filler with nice wiry stems but delicate looking blooms; Nice filler.

Year 2:

Its a tough plant and the flowers are nice but for the foliage.

Problems:

Year 1:

Small plants, not good survival early, ones that survived did make good growth; Poor plant establishment; New field and lots of rain caused excessive washout of some varieties before they were fully established; Origanum does not ship well as a bare root plant, must be propagated from root cuttings.

Year 2:

All plants died.

Comments:

Year 1:

Similar to Origanum ‘Hopely’s Purple’; We used it strictly as fresh filler though I have used it dried in past and liked it.

Year 2:

I’m not too excited about this one B It was floppy and the stems weren’t very thick B The plants were quite small when they arrived and so I think that these need another year to see what they will do; This plant does not ship well as a division – best as a rooted cutting in a cell tray.

Trial Data

Year 1

Origanum rotundifolium ‘Light Green Oregano’
Plants alive at end of summer (%) Plants flowering (%) Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average 44.0 30.0 5.0 7.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0

(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Year 2

Origanum rotundifolium ‘Light Green Oregano’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1) Repeat Again Rating (2) Ease of Cultivation Rating (2) Average Spacing (in2)
Average 67 12.0 12.7 1.0 3.0 1.0 3.0 3.3
Range of Responses 0-100 0-20 0-22 1-0 1-5 1-0 1-5 1-5

(1) Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

(2) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Supplier

Cramers’ Posie Patch

116 Trial Rd. N.

Elizabethtown, PA 17022

717-367-9494

FAX 717-367-8666