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Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'

Ornamental oregano

Native to Cyprus, Syria, and Turkey (cultivar)


Perfect small woody subshrub for dry shallow rocky alkaline soils that produce showy flowers over a long season.  Plants are rhizomatous and also root in along stems that touch the ground, making this a terrific groundcover.  North of zone 6, may be grown as an annual.  Rabbit, deer, drought, erosion, dry soil, shallow-rocky soil tolerant and attract every pollinator around. May be grown as an annual in zone 5.


1-2 ft


1-2 ft


2-3 ft

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Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen' Characteristics

Attracts Wildlife

  • Songbirds
  • Pollinators
  • Butterflies


  • Naturalizing
  • Cut Flower
  • Long Blooming
  • Coastal
  • Ground Cover
  • Clay Soil
  • Interesting Foliage
  • Fragrant
  • Rock Garden
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Reblooming
  • Dried Flower


  • Full Sun

Deer Resistant

  • Deer Resistant

Flowering Months

  • September
  • August
  • July

Foliage Color

  • Green

Groundcover Foot-Traffic Tolerances

  • Light

Growth Rate

  • Fast

Juglans nigra Tolerance (Black Walnut)

  • Yes

Salt Tolerance

  • High

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Dry to Moist

Plants that work well with Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'

Little bluestem - 2022 Perennial Plant of the Year Little bluestem - 2022 Perennial Plant of the Year (Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues')
Calico aster Calico aster (Aster lateriflorus 'Lady in Black')
Butterfly weed Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Purple Prairie Clover Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)
Prairie junegrass Prairie junegrass (Koeleria macrantha)
Blue cap sea holly Blue cap sea holly (Eryngium planum 'Blaukappe')

Substitutions for Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'

Purple coneflower Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
White coneflower White coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan')
Purple Prairie Clover Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)