Herb Series: Growing Variegated Oregano

Oregano is a universal crowd pleaser, not quite to the extent of Basil, but close. It is a supporting actor to the nightshades, pairing well with tomatoes, eggplants and peppers in Italian and Mediterranean food. What I recently discovered is that beekeepers purposefully plant oregano near apiaries because bees LOVE the nectar & pollen - so for those of you wanting to support pollinators - think oregano. Again, I wanted to introduce the variegated variety because it can add visual interest to areas of your edible landscape longing for more than a sea of green. From a medicinal point of view, oregano is rich in antioxidants which fight free radicals in the body and it contains compounds like carvacrol which show promise in helping with inflammation. In one study it reduced swelling in the paws of mice by 57%. It is a faithful perennial coming back year after year and it grows well as a ground cover or even as an edging plant.

Christina Manning Lebek