Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' Golden Oregano



Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' is a low growing perennial with fragrant foliage that turns a lovely golden yellow to chartreuse in spring and fall. Also known as Golden Oregano or Golden Marjoram, it spreads fairly quickly to form a dense, showy ground cover that lights up shady areas. This an ornamental, but edible, herb with small lavender flowers in summer that attract butterflies.

Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' prefers partial to full shade and moist to average, well-drained soil. It maintains its best overall appearance with protection from afternoon sun. It will be more golden in full sun, but will require additional moisture. Origanum 'Aureum' will tolerate moderate foot traffic. Space on 12"-18" centers to create a ground cover.


  • Common Names: Golden Oregano
  • Zones: 7-10
  • Light Requirements: Part Sun to Part Shade
  • Soil Preference: Well-drained to moist
  • Height at Maturity: 4-12
  • Width at Maturity: 18
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Mid to late summer

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Deer.
  • Other Features: Container Plant. Fragrant.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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