Mexican Bush Oregano (Poliominthium longifolium) is a small evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves and flowers from spring through summer. Its woody stems are covered with tiny white hairs which give it its name “bush”. These hairs make the bush appear somewhat like a miniature pine tree.

The Mexican Bush Oregano grows well in full sun or partial shade but prefers moist soil. It tolerates dry conditions but will not survive without water. It is best to keep the area around your garden free of weeds so that the Mexican Bush Oregano does not become invasive.

Mexican Bush Oregano is native to Mexico and Central America. There are several varieties grown commercially in North America, including one called ‘Bushman’ which was introduced into Florida in 1982. Other names include ‘Spanish’, ‘Teal’ and even ‘Puerto Rican’.

It is a slow growing shrub that requires at least part shade during the winter months. If left unsupervised, it may spread rapidly to other parts of your garden. It likes moist soil and will thrive in areas with regular rainfall.

It prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade if necessary.

Photo 1: A Mexican Bush Oregano Plant in Spring – Photo courtesy of the University of Georgia Botanical Gardens .

The flowers are small and white with four petals that bloom in clusters at the tips of branches. They are small but very numerous, covering the bush in white lace-like clusters.

The leaves are oval and a glossy green with fine teeth on their edges. The leaves are soft to the touch and quite furry. The leaf hairs rub off easily when touched.

The leaves become less hairy as they grow larger. The smallest leaves are almost velvety to the touch.

The main attraction to this plant are the flowers and their pleasant aroma. The aroma is stronger in the morning than in the afternoon.

Mexican Bush Oregano: Growing Mexican Oregano In The Garden - igrowplants.net

It can be used as an ornamental shrub by itself or in combination with other plants. It can also be trained as a bonsai.

The foliage of this plant can be dried and used fresh or dried. It can tolerate being picked from the plant but will not flower again that year.

The leaves can be dried and used like dried oregano (Origanum vulgare). The taste is between oregano and thyme.

Once the plant begins to flower it loses its oregano flavor and is best used for ornamental purposes or fresh in salads. It also makes a delightful addition to fruit bowls.

The leaves and flowers can also be used as an ingredient in potpourri. Its scent is more subtle when dried than oregano but can still be used for the same purpose.

The mexican bush oregano plant was brought to the United States from Central America in the 1980’s. It was first cultivated in Florida and then expanded to gardens in California and Arizona.

It can also be grown from seed, which is readily available in seed packets.

It is a wonderful and attractive plant that can be used fresh or dried in cooking. The plant has an attractive dense growth habit with glossy green leaves and an attractive flower display. It should be a welcome addition to any gardener’s garden all year round.

Related information:

How to grow dill

How to grow basil

How to grow Rosemary

How to grow Thyme

How to grow Sage

Mexican Bush Oregano: Growing Mexican Oregano In The Garden at igrowplants.net

How to grow chives

How to grow Coriander

How to grow Cilantro

How to grow parsley

How to grow Celery

How to grow Fennel

How to grow Coriander

How to grow Bay Leaf

How to grow Oregano

How to grow Parsley

How to grow Sage

How to grow Savory

Mexican Bush Oregano: Growing Mexican Oregano In The Garden - igrowplants.net

How to grow Lemongrasses

How to grow Ginger

How to grow Turmeric

How to grow Galangal

How to grow Thai Basil

How to grow Lemongrasses

How to grow Mullberries

How to grow Peppergrass

How to grow Strawberries

How to grow Cacao

Return from mexican bush oregano plant to herbs for cooking

Return from mexican bush oregano plant to home page

Categories:

Tags:

Comments are closed