Thanksgiving Ornamental Oregano

Thanksgiving Ornamental Oregano (Origanum x 'Erntedank') is a stunningly colorful ornamental oregano. Adaptable and easy-to-grow, its round, blue-green foliage has a light herbal scent, and when it blooms it is covered with sweetly fragrant flowers of lilac-pink. Native bees and honeybees love the nectar and are always to be seen pollinating the flowers. Despite a delicate appearance, this is a tough, reliable perennial.
Zones6 - 10
Bee Friendly
Attract Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good For Containers
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 14-16" tall
Mature Spread12-15" wide
Bloom TimeEarly summer to late summer
Shipping DetailsNow shipping to zones 2-10.
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Item Package SizePlant - 2.5" Pot

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To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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Thanksgiving Ornamental Oregano (Origanum x 'Erntedank') is a stunningly colorful ornamental oregano. 'Erntedank' is the German word for Thanksgiving). This fragrant herb colors the garden with pink flowers and deep rose-purple calyxes from early summer to fall. A pollinator favorite, it’s a beauty in containers too. It isn’t clear why this plant is so difficult to find in cultivation, because it’s a cold hardy, adaptable, and easy-to-grow perennial. Fragrant herbal foliage is generally deer and rabbit resistant. It grows best with full sun in almost any soil that drains well (not wet clay). A Mediterranean native, it needs regular water in the first season and is drought tolerant once established, and will gradually spread to form a lovely mass of fall color that deer tend to avoid. It only needs to be cut back to the ground in early spring. Hardy in zones 6-10, they will return reliably in spring when happy. Combine it with Schizachyrium (Little Bluestem), Bouteloua 'Blonde Ambition' (Blue Grama Grass), and Salvia azurea (Prairie Sage), to name just a few.
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Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Thanksgiving Ornamental Oregano
Botanical Name
Origanum x Erntedank
6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
14-16" tall
Mature Spread
12-15" wide
Bloom Time
Early summer to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Containers, Rabbit Resistant
Ideal Region
West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Ships To Canada
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