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botanical name:
Origanum microphyllum
Origanum microphyllum © Deeproot Plant Base
family:  Lamiaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.25m
width: 0.30m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: grey
flower colour: purple
stem/bark: brown
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: alkaline
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
Small, evergreen subshrub with slender, wiry branches bearing ovate, downy grey leaves, just 5mm long. Loose whorls of small tubular flowers in summer, pink to purple with purple bracts.

Very well drained, poor, alkaline soil in full sun. Dislikes wet conditions, especially in winter but may be grown in an alpine house. Cut back old stems in spring.

From seed or basal cuttings.

Rock or scree garden or containers.

other notes:
Native of Crete.

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