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Origanum compactum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Europe - Mediterranean.
Dry hills in S.W. Spain[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Requires a rather dry, warm, well-drained soil, but is not fussy as to soil type, thriving on chalk[
]. Prefers slightly alkaline conditions[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The dried leaves are used as a condiment[
The flowering tops are used in the treatment of diabetes and digestive diseases[
The flowering tops have shown antioxidant, anticancer, antifungal, antibacterial and antimutagenic activities[
Seed - sow in a greenhouse in early spring at 10 - 13°c and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer.
Division in early spring or early autumn. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
Basal cuttings of young barren shoots in early summer. Very easy. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.