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Origanum dictamnus Dittany of Crete


Dittany of Crete Flowers


Called Dittany of Crete because it comes from the isle of Crete, this Oregano has not been in this country for very long. It was imported here in the 1940's and we have been grateful ever since.  In the photo to the right, the light green rosette will become the papery pink bracts that are shown in the flowers above. These bracts make excellent dried flowers.

Dittany about to bloom


Dittany of Crete

Dittany also makes a nice addition to rock gardens or ornamental beds that are on the dry side. Its round, very fuzzy gray leaves are the perfect canvas for the many 6 to 8 inch flower stalks that appear in summer. The shrub above is just getting ready to burst into bloom. It died back over the winter and spent early spring getting taller and forming buds.

Dittany of Crete makes a great addition to our Crafter's Herb Garden.

Dittany of Crete

Cultural Information

Height: 6 Inches

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 7-11

Flower Color: Pink

Characteristics: Full Sun,
Water Saving

Uses: Culinary, 
Dried Flower,
Medicinal, Ornamental

Organic Dittany of Crete Plant

$5.50 per 3 inch pot



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