Thanks for your help. I still am a little confused about the different kinds of Greek oregano. From what I read, the O. Vulgaris, is know as Wild Marjoram with pink flowers. I donít think this has much flavor. True Greek Oregano numbs the end of your tongue and that flower is white. I still donít know which kind to try to find the flavor of the Krinos I really like.
I have harvested the Greek oregano when it started to flower and then dried it. I cut the sprigs when they get around 6"-8" or they will go to seed. Cutting also helps the plants to bush out. Any oregano is good dried. I have to keep my parsley and tomatoes fenced, but the wild animals around my area donít eat the oregano.
I am not sure if this is the kind of oregano I am looking for. Description: A hybrid of Origanum vulgare with white flowers and a spicy tasteófresh leaves numb your tongue. Oregano is a low
grey-green perennial plant. The leaves are entire; the upper leaves are on short petioles,
the lower leaves are on long petioles. The white flowers grow in clusters at the ends of the
branches in the leaf axils. These flowers crowd together in an overlapping short head. The
whole plant is aromatic and hairy. It blooms from June to August. The leaves are fuzzy,
oval and somewhat coarse in relation to the other species. The flavor is strong, austerely
and hotly aromatic, penetrating and slightly bitter. This is the strongest flavored 'oregano'. It
is the species used for extraction of essential oils, the dried foliage having around 3% of oils,
depending on growing conditions and seedling variability. The concentration of oils is so high
that lengthy handling of large amounts of the dried product can cause irritation to sensitive
skins. It is hardy to zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from July to September,
and the seeds ripen from August to October. The scented flowers are hermaphrodite and are
pollinated by bees, moths and butterflies.
Cultivation: Oregano is native to Europe and naturalized in the Middle East Cultivation:
Requires a rather dry, warm, well-drained soil in full sun, but is not fussy as to soil type,
thriving on chalk. Prefers slightly alkaline conditions.conditions. Tolerates poor soils. Dislikes wet soils.