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Marshall's Memory oregano

Durable Delights: Marshall's Memory oregano

Published: Saturday, May. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 6:53 pm

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.

• For more on Durable Delights, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu

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