Oregano – Compactum
Origanum vulgare 'Compactum'

Zone: 5 - 9
Height: 6"

General: Compactum is a dwarf creeping Oregano variety with an intense, strong spicy flavor. Small pink flowers in the summer. Makes a nice ground cover or addition to your kitchen herb planter.

Culinary Uses: Together with basil, oregano contributes much to the distinctive character if many Italian dishes. The dried version of the herb is very potent and can easily overpower a dish. In the summer the fresh herbs can be used which has a much lighter taste.

Medicinal Uses: This oregano variety is a strong antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic oil rich in phenols, thymol, and carvacol. It can also be an immunostimulent used for colds, fever, and flu. Locally it can be used on the skin for acne, skin infections, and insect bites. Useful in inhalations for respiratory infections, can help sore muscles in massage. It is an excellent mental stimulant, good for exhaustion, and used for digestive infections.

Ornamental Uses: Oregano compactum produces numerous pale pink fragrant flowers, it is a semi-evergreen herb has light green leaves. It grows in a mat form.

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