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Thanksgiving Ornamental Oregano

Origanum x Erntedank
SKU: HC017777
per Plant - 2.5" Pot
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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.
key features
Botanical Name
Origanum x Erntedank
Growing Zones
Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Long Bloom Time, Fragrant, Container Planting
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
14-16" tall
Bloom Time
Early summer to late summer


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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