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Commonly known as Golden Oreganum or Variegated Oreganum, thia herb is a cultivar of Origanum vulgare with distinctive golden-yellow foliage.

Physical Description:

Leaves: The leaves of Golden Oreganum are oval to lance-shaped and have a bright golden-yellow color. The foliage is often variegated with green margins, creating an attractive contrast.

Stems: Like the species, Golden Oreganum has square-shaped stems, a characteristic feature of plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae).

Flowers: Clusters of small, tubular flowers similar to those of the species. The flowers can appear in terminal spikes and range in color from pink to purple.


Culinary: Golden Oreganum is used in culinary applications similar to regular oreganum. It imparts a mild oreganum flavor to dishes and is often used in salads, pasta, and meat dishes.

Aromatic: The aromatic qualities of Golden Oreganum make it suitable for drying and using in potpourris or sachets.

Growing Conditions:

Soil: Well-drained, slightly alkaline soil is ideal. Golden Oreganum can adapt to various soil types.

Watering: Provide moderate watering. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent root rot.

Sunlight: Golden Oreganum prefers full sun to partial shade. It thrives in sunny conditions, and the sunlight enhances the vibrancy of its golden foliage.

Hardiness: Golden Oreganum is generally hardy and can be grown as a perennial in suitable climates. It is often grown as an annual in colder regions.


Harvest the leaves as needed for culinary or aromatic purposes. Regular pruning can help maintain the shape of the plant and encourage new growth.

Oreganum – Golden (Origanum vulgare 'Aureum’)

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