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Lippia graveolens - Kunth

Common Name Mexican Oregano
Family Verbenaceae
USDA hardiness 9-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry areas[238 ]. Rocky slopes or damp thickets on plains at elevations of 350 metres or less[331 ].
Range Central America from Costa Rica, north to Mexico and southern N. America.
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Lippia graveolens Mexican Oregano
Lippia graveolens Mexican Oregano
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Physical Characteristics

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Lippia graveolens is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. The flowers are pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Goniostachyum graveolens (Kunth) Small Lantana origanoides M.Martens & Galeotti Lippia berlandieri M


Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

The leaves have an intense aroma of oregano and are commonly used, especially in central America, as a flavouring in tomato pastes and other dishes that require a strong oregano flavour[301 ]. The leaves are often used by the food industry instead of the true oregano[238 ]. Many people find them preferable to the European oregano[301 ]. They are more pungent than European oregano[200 ]. The dried leaves can be used to make a herbal tea[301 ].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Other Uses None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a position in full sun in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil[200 ]. Prefers a light soil[238 ].Flowering Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer. Bloom Color: White/Near White. Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm).

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Seed - Basal or nodal softwood cuttings[200 ]. Cuttings of semi-ripe wood.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Mexican Oregano, Karabo, Mexican marjoram, Mexican wild sage, Te de pais, amerikanisches oregano, hierba dulce, mexican oregano, mexican sage, mexican-sage, mexikansk oregano, oregano, oregano cimmaron, origan marjolaine, orégano, redbrush lippia, scented lippia, scented matgrass.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Africa, Australia, Central America*, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, North America, Panama, Philippines, SE Asia, Tasmania, Tropical America, USA,

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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