Bristol Cross Oregano

A lovely low-growing Oregano with burgundy tinged foliage, ‘Bristol Cross’ (Origanum) will spread with time, making a fragrant ground cover for dry, sunny areas. In addition to edible leaves for culinary used, fascinating lavender and green calyces on dark wiry stems bloom in summer and fall – with tubular, pollinator-friendly flowers. Its herbal scent makes oregano deer resistant. An excellent choice for the herb gardener as well as the collector! (Origanum)
Zones5 - 9
Deer Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good For Dried Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 6-9" tall
Mature Spread12-18" wide
Bloom TimeLate summer to mid fall
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Item Package SizePlant - 2.5" Pot

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6-8” tall x 12-18” wide. Origanum ‘Bristol Cross’ provides for the cook, the collector, the crafter, and the florist in you! In summer, dark wiry stems are tipped with long green bracts that carry several purple tubular flowers. As the season progresses, this creates a cascading effect that’s perfect for garden walls or large containers. The stems dry well and work beautifully in flower arrangements or kitchen projects. Plant ‘Bristol Cross’ in dry to average soils. It’s much better to water this Mediterranean descendant deeply and allow it to slowly dry out before watering again. If the plant is looking untidy in late spring, cut back to encourage new growth and a stronger habit. If growing in containers, ensure that the container is well-draining, and pair with other plants or herbs that prefer slightly drier conditions.
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Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Bristol Cross Oregano
Botanical Name
Origanum Bristol Cross
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink, Purple
Mature Height
6-9" tall
Mature Spread
12-18" wide
Bloom Time
Late summer to mid fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Deer Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Dried Flowers
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Ships To Canada
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