Mexican Oregano

Lippia graviolens

This North American native shows open arching branches covered in small fragrant oval leaves with rough toothed edges. While it is grown for its fragrant leaves many use in place of traditional oregano, it also produces fragrant star-shaped flowers followed by small round fruits clustered at the branch tips, adding to its landscape presence.
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Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.

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Botanical PronunciationLIP-pee-uh grav-ee-OH-lens
Average Size at MaturityFast growing up to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeFragrant white flowers late spring to early summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureEdible, North American Native Selection
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after the first growing season. Prefers well-drained soil. Can be grown indoors in colder climates.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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