Italian Oregano is a cross of
Oregano and Marjoram and has a mild flavor that blends well with other savory herbs like Basil and Tarragon.
The sadly neglected Italian Oregano below is
actually a good representation of how it grows. Notice the really long
dead flower stems arching out in all directions. These stems, when they
are green and have fresh flowers, are good
for covering wreath bases. They can be used alone to make an Oregano
wreath for the kitchen or in conjunction with other herbs to create
beautiful one of a kind works of art.
Even though this Italian Oregano plant hadn't
been cut back for a few years it was easy to cut back and reemerged
looking great. Technically Italian Oregano can be cut back to the
ground. Often when we are trimming oregano in the field we will use a
weed eater and cut it back to about an inch. But with one as old as this we usually only cut back to where the
main mass is. For this plant that was at about 10 inches. We take our
grass sheers and find the top of the tuft and cut back to there. It
takes about two or three weeks before new growth covers the plant and it
both looks beautiful again and has usable leaves once again.