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Kirigami Oregano

Origanum 'Kirigami'

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Kirigami Oregano (Origanum 'Kirigami') at Longfellow's Greenhouses

Kirigami Oregano flowers

Kirigami Oregano flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Kirigami Oregano (Origanum 'Kirigami') at Longfellow's Greenhouses

Kirigami Oregano flowers

Kirigami Oregano flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Kirigami Oregano (Origanum 'Kirigami') at Longfellow's Greenhouses

Kirigami Oregano flowers

Kirigami Oregano flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Ornamental Oregano, Wintersweet, Marjoram

Brand:  PanAmerican Seed

Description:

An ornamental, non-culinary variety that features large, purple-green bracts, rose pink flowers and clear, light green foliage with a wonderful fragrance; dense, mounded, and slightly trailing; excellent late season color for a rock garden or border front

Ornamental Features

Kirigami Oregano features showy spikes of lavender trumpet-shaped flowers with pink overtones and rose bracts at the ends of the stems from late spring to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant oval leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning light green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Kirigami Oregano is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Kirigami Oregano is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Kirigami Oregano will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 14 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Kirigami Oregano is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.

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