Native to the hills of the Mediterranean countries and western Asia.
A hardy, heat-tolerant perennial with aromatic foliage and pretty white and purple flowers in the warmer months. It enjoys full sun, part shade.
Do not overwater oregano. Water thoroughly only after the soil is dry to the touch. Oregano needs regular pinching back. Pinching back the growing tips will make the plants bush out and prevent leggy, straggly growth. It also keeps the plant from flowering, which is best if you want to keep the leaves as flavorful as possible for kitchen use. If the plant becomes overly woody, cutting the stems all the way back to the ground will encourage more stems to sprout from the base, resulting in a fuller plant.