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Origanum compactum - Benth.
                 
Common Name
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry hills in S.W. Spain[50].
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Origanum compactum


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Origanum compactum
   
Physical Characteristics
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Origanum compactum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment.

The dried leaves are used as a condiment[61, 177].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Requires a rather dry, warm, well-drained soil, but is not fussy as to soil type, thriving on chalk[1]. Prefers slightly alkaline conditions[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
Propagation
Seed - sow in a greenhouse in early spring at 10 - 13°c and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in March or October. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Basal cuttings of young barren shoots in June. Very easy. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Origanum dictamnusDittany Of Crete, Hop Marjoram21
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Origanum isthmicum 10
Origanum majoranaSweet Marjoram33
Origanum onitesPot Marjoram31
Origanum syriacumBible Hyssop20
Origanum virens 10
Origanum vulgareOregano, Pot Marjoram43
Origanum vulgare hirtumGreek Oregano43
Origanum x hybridum 10
Origanum x majoricumHardy Marjoram22
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Elizabeth H.
Dee Tue Nov 18 2008
is origanum compactum the same as origanum vulgare? im a bit confused and dont seem to find any information. Im looking at it as essential oils, to find out whether they are different and there for would have a different chemical composition. thanks for your answer
Elizabeth H.
david n Tue Nov 18 2008
This is definately a different species to Origanum vulgare. Don't know about the chemistry/essential oils, I've never seen 2 different species with identical chemistry.
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