The Greeks called this ancient Mediterranean herb oros ganos, meaning “joy of the mountain,” and legend has it that Aphrodite created the sweet spicy scent of its leaves as a symbol of happiness. Preferring sharp-draining soil and a sunny spot, Origanums display small, whorled tubular flowers often arranged in showy overlapping bracts.
Though Elizabeth Strangman’s attractive hybrid looks quite dainty, it actually appreciates hot dry conditions. If this isn’t enough to recommend it, ‘Kent Beauty’ produces a plethora of plump rosy bracts—some 2 to 3 in. long—that resemble Hops and are prized by those who love dried arrangements. Rounded and paired, the inch-long, blue-green leaves clasp trailing, thin wine-tinted stems. A natural atop a stone wall, this compact Origanum’s nodding blooms and intriguing foliage make a splendid statement.
Size: 12" high x 12" wide.
Hardy to zone 6.
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