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Oregano, Hot & Spicy is a perennial that grows in zones 6 to 10.

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Oregano, Hot & Spicy is a perennial that grows in zones 6 to 10.
• Planting time: After last frost in spring or in fall (up to 2 to 3 weeks before first frost in cold zones).
• Features: Rounded green leaves with pungent flavor and mild heat.
• Height: 18 to 24 inches.
• Light: full sun to part shade.
• Soil: average, well-drained; also gritty, sandy soil.
• Spacing: 12 to 14 inches.
• Plant Size: 18 to 24 inches tall, 12 to 14 inches wide.
• Garden use: herb, Mediterranean, or gravel gardens; grows well in containers.
• Culinary use: use leaves fresh, dried, or frozen in water.
• Hot & Spicy oregano blends the easy-growing traits of oregano with the heat of a mild chile pepper.
• Flavorful leaves make a great addition to Mexican dishes.
• Plants open tiny pink blooms in late summer that are a favorite among bees and butterflies.

The leaves and flowering stems are strongly:
– Antiseptic
– Antispasmodic
– Carminative
– Cholagogue
– Diaphoretic
– Emmenagogue
– Expectorant
– Stimulant
– Stomachic
– Mildly tonic

Growing and Caring conditions for Oregano, Hot & Spicy

• Plant oregano in the sunniest spot in the garden.
• This perennial prefers all-day sun.
• It needs well-drained soil on the dry side.
• Purchase seedlings from a local nursery, as the plant grows poorly from seed.
• Place the oregano seedlings 1/8-inch deep into soil after all danger of frost has passed.
• Each plant should have at least 8 inches of elbow room.
• Weed the area regularly.
• Apply an 8-inch thick layer of hay over the bed to protect against weed growth.
• Harvest fresh oregano for use through the season.
• Cut the remainder of the plant when small white flowers appear.
• Hang clumps of the herb in a warm, dark room until dry.
• Use only the crumbled leaves in cooking.
• Store the unused leaves in an airtight container.
• Discard the stems.
• Italian oregano grows well in containers.
• Oregano is a deterrent to some types of garden pests and can aid in controlling them naturally.
• Oregano plants can be cultivated in part shade.
• If growing from seeds, plant seeds 1/4-inch deep.
• Plant nursery stock about 18 inches apart.
• If you have planted from seed, thin established seedlings to 12 inches apart.
• Harvest your oregano in mid-spring, just before the flowers open.
• Cut off the top 6 inches of the stem and remove the leaves.
• Make sure to remove the mulch in early spring.
• Propagate oregano in mid-spring by dividing plants during peak growth, before flowers appear.

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