- Author: Jutta Thoerner
- Editor: Noni Todd
Amethyst Falls Oregano
By Jutta Thoerner UCCE Master Gardener
Planting zone: 5-9
Size: 15” tall to 18” wide
Bloom: Lavender-pink flowers and chartreuse bracts cascade out and downwards. Blooms for one month or longer from late spring to midsummer.
Exposure: Sun or light shade.
Pruning needs: Dead head flower stalks after bloom and cut back in winter.
Water needs: Low water.
Snapshot: If you are looking fora tough, perennial oregano that produces a mass of flowers, invest in this plant. Because it blooms into mid-summer, beneficial insects flock to it. The foliage is a bonus; lush with interesting “hop-like” pale-green bracts that contrast with the flowers. It thrives even in poor soil and prefers full sun and well-draining soil. This plant is listed as deer and rabbit resistant. Works well in a container, as a small-scale ground cover or spilling over a rock wall. It will wow you with its flowers and the leaves can be used in cooking.