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Origanum syriaca/labiatae This ancient herb is a common ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine, the foundation and namesake for the delicious bread condiment. Pungent and very flavorful, the velvety leaves impart a strong taste and aroma of oregano that’s been used for centuries both in cooking and medicinally for its antiseptic properties. Cold-hardy plants spread to 16 inches, topping out at 6–8 inches tall. Hardy in zones 5 and above. Approximately 4,600 seeds per gram. Germination code: (4)
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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Wonderful flavor and easy to grow

I'm growing this herb in my urban garden in Portland, OR (zone 8b) and am very impressed with its flavor. We use fresh in traditional Palestinian and Syrian recipes and also dry it for use in the za'atar herb blend. These have a strong oregano and slightly minty flavor and do well in many recipes (I have substituted it for Mexican oregano with great results). It is now the end of November and the plants are still producing - I am curious to see if they are able to overwinter in our climate.

Powerful flavor

Excellent culinary qualities. Has slightly fuzzy leaves. Newly sprouted babies are susceptible to frost, but the mature plants are cold hardy. They spread by root and also freely self-seed in the garden.

Hardiness Zone 5+

Herbs feed the palate and the soul! They add color and contrast to the landscape, perfume our homes, heal our wounds, and tantalize our taste buds. They are easy to grow. Whether in the garden or on the windowsill, learn their likes and dislikes, and you'll be rewarded with flavor and beauty.

Germination Codes
Check the code at the end of the description for specific germination requirements.
(1) Germinates at temperatures between 60-75°F.
(2) Larger seeds need to be covered with soil at least as thick as the seed itself. May be slow and erratic to germinate.
(3) These seeds need a period of cold stratification for successful germination. Best results are obtained when the seeds are kept warm and moist for 2 weeks followed by temperatures of 33-35°F for 4-6 weeks or until germination starts.
(4) No special requirements, but germination may be slow and erratic.

• Fertile, well-drained soil provides the best results• Harvest and fertilize regularly to encourage vegetative growth
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• For leafy herbs snip off flower buds as they appear

• Start seeds 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Small seeds (thyme, savory, marjoram, oregano) can be gently pressed onto surface of the soil—don't cover or bury seed
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days for optimum growth
• Small seedlings such as thyme, savory and sweet marjoram may be successfully transplanted in small clumps
• Hardy herbs can be transplanted after the last frost
• Transplant tender herbs after last frost when weather has stabilized

Harvest & Storage
• Fresh use: Harvest only as needed
• Drying: Harvest at peak maturity, hang small bunches from ceiling in a dry, warm (80-90°F), dark location with good ventilation for 1-2 weeks
• Distilling: Harvest when blooms are just beginning to appear; at this point the leaves contain the highest level of essential oils

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