This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.
Marshall's Memory oregano
Origanum "Marshall's Memory"
Size: Under 1 foot tall
Bloom season: Summer, fall
Exposure: Full sun
Pruning needs: Little or none; cut to base in winter.
Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.
Snapshot: An unusual ornamental hybrid oregano, this groundcover produces a mass of delicate pink-purple flowers on a mat of medium-green leaves. Tough and drought- tolerant, it wants full sun and likes the heat including south- or west-facing exposures. A plus: This oregano will attract butterflies with its nectar. Another benefit: This pretty oregano makes an attractive dried flower for arrangements. You can see specimens in the arboretum's teaching nursery on the UC Davis campus.
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