Origanum rotundifolium

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Deciduous perennial
Lamiaceae (The Mint Family)
Geographic Origin:
Mediterranean Region
California Native?:
Plant Size:
Landscape/Garden Uses:
rock gardens
Flowering Season:
Spring to fall
Flower Color:
Light pink
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
This species forms a tight central root-crown from which short, prostrate stems radiate in all directions. The leaves are nearly round and colored bluish green, tinged with purple in new growth. The flower clusters, which are freely produced from spring to fall, are showy not so much for the blossoms themselves as for the large, pale green, overlapping floral bracts. These dry well and are used in floral arrangements. Sun, well drained soil, moderate to occasional watering when established.