Oregano characteristics

What is an oregano plant?

Characteristics of oregano (Origanum vulgare)

A detail of the plant with the flower

Common noun: Oregano, Pot Marjoram, Wild Marjoram,

Scientific noun: Origanum vulgare L.

Family. Mint family – Lamiaceae

Habitat: In dry grasslands or in wood margins

Description of oregano

Perennial plant of the Mint family – Labiatae – up to 80 cm. Erect stems, hairy and scented. Ovate leaves, petiolated, toothed or untoothed. Pink flowers till 7 mm., in round final inflorescences. In dry grasslands or in wood margins.

Picking-up and storing of oregano

It is convenient to pick up the flowers in summer, especially in August.

They should dry off in the shade conserved in a hermetic recipient, in a dark place.

Active components of oregano

  • Essential oil rich in thymol, cineole, carvacrol, borneol, beta-bisolobene, limonene, alpha- pinene, beta- pinene, myrcene, camphene, alpha- terpinene (Plant)
  • Acids: Rosmarinic (Plant and leaves) palmitic, estearic, oleic, ursolic, caffeic, capric (Plant)
  • Minerals: Potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper (Plant)
  • Vitamins: Niacine, beta-catotene (Plant)
  • Tannins (Plant)

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This article was endorsed by Julián Masats - Technical agricultural engineer specialized in horticulture and gardening.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

7 March, 2024

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