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Origanum dictamnus - L.
                 
Common Name Dittany Of Crete, Hop Marjoram
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 7-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Shady rocks in dry places in high mountains[50, 148].
Range S. Europe - Crete.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Pink. Main Bloom Time: Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Rounded.

Origanum dictamnus Dittany Of Crete, Hop Marjoram


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Origanum dictamnus Dittany Of Crete, Hop Marjoram
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Physical Characteristics
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Origanum dictamnus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Jun to August. 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
Amaracus dictamnus. (L.)Benth.

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

The leaves are used for flavouring salads and vermouth[183, 238]. A pleasant aromatic flavour, especially when mixed with parsley, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper[183]. The flowering tops are dried and brewed into a herb tea[183, 238].
Medicinal Uses


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Antirheumatic;  Oxytoxic;  Stomachic;  Vulnerary.

The flowering plant has been used as an antirheumatic, oxytocic, stomachic and vulnerary[148], though these uses appear to be obsolete in modern herbalism[238]..
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container. Requires a rather dry, warm, well-drained soil, but is not fussy as to soil type, thriving on chalk[1]. Prefers slightly alkaline conditions[1]. This species is not fully hardy in Britain according to one report[1] whilst another says that it is hardy to zone 7[200], which means that it can succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. It is, however, very susceptible to winter wet and so is more commonly grown under cover in this country[238]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Fragrant foliage, Suitable for dried flowers.
Propagation
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse 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. The seed can also be sown in situ in late spring. 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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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Botanical References
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
Sun Apr 18 16:57:46 2004
Where can I buy this plant?
Elizabeth H.
jason peters Wed May 31 2006
where can i get plants of origanum dictamus? are there nurseries in crete?
Elizabeth H.
Betti Thu Aug 30 2007
You can buy it here: http://www.druidskeep.co.uk/index1.html
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