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Cretan Oregano flowers close up

Unopened Flower Heads of Cretan Oregano


A white cloud of Cretan Oregano Flowers

Are your taste buds tired and run down? Wake them up with this reveille of flavor. Cretan Oregano has the flavor of imported Italian Oregano, the taste you find on pizza from a good Italian restaurant. Use it sparingly at first; it is very strong and quite spicy.

Like most Oregano, Cretan Oregano is easy to grow. The most common problem with growing Oregano is that at some point midway through the growing season the plant becomes woody, and tough and the flavor becomes bitter. Either cut the entire plant back close to the ground and a new flush of fresh foliage will appear in a couple of weeks, or wait until the flower heads have formed and use these. It's a good idea to have at least 2 Oregano plants so you can cut one back and still have one to use fresh. The sturdy sticks of Cretan Oregano can be cut into 8 to 10 inch pieces, dried and bundled for gift giving. Many herbs make simple yet welcome gifts to those who don't or can't garden.


Cretan Oregano is one of the six plants included in our Gourmet Herb Garden Six Pack.

This plant is sometimes available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant.  They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if Cretan Oregano Plug Trays are available.


Cultural Information

Height: 2 Feeet

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 8-11

Flower Color: White 

Characteristics: Full Sun,

Uses: Culinary,
Dried Flower Heads

Organic Cretan Oregano Plant

$5.95 per 3 inch pot




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