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Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’

Golden oregano

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyLamiaceaeMint family
GenusOriganumAromotic herbs including marjoram and oregano
SpeciesvulgareMeans “common”

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Golden oregano is a cultivated variety of oregano for use as an ornamental ground cover. It is not found in the wild.

Identification: This low herb rarely is 6-12" (15-30 cm) in height, spreading slowly to 18-24" (45-60 cm) around, with yellow-green leaves ½-1" (1.3-2.5 cm) in size. Flowers are small, pink, lavender, or purple.

Edibility: This is an edible oregano cultivar.

Online References:

Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’ on

Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’ on Perennials.com

Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’ at the Fine Gardening Plant Guide

Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’ on malmborgsinc.com


Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Origanum vulgare (golden oregano)

8/1/2009 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine
≈ 27 × 22" (68 × 55 cm)

Range: Zones 4-8:

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