'Hot and Spicy’ Oregano is noted for its intense, somewhat spicy flavor. The dark green leaves are strongly aromatic. Tiny, white to purple-pink flowers rise above the foliage in summer. Flowers are conspicuous but not of high ornamental value. Leaves are used either fresh or dried to flavor food dishes, particularly in Mexican and sometimes Italian cuisine.
Use it as a substitute for chillies (if you don’t like too much heat) in tomato-based sauces that include garlic, onions and olives. For chilli lovers it adds extra pungency, especially when stirred into Mexican fried rice or traditional beef and chicken dishes like chicken burritos.
Because of its high oil content, Oregano ‘Hot and Spicy’ dries well, and has an even stronger flavour. Use half the amount of dried oregano to fresh.
Height: 12 - 16 in.
Spacing: 12 - 16 in.
Usage: Containers, Window Boxes, Herb Bowls
Feature: Drought Tolerant, Deer Resistant, Attracts Butterflies, Culinary
Sold in 4" container
At Maple Park Farm, we grow Origanum vulgare 'Hot & Spicy' from unrooted cuttings. We do not use any growth regulators or chemicals in our greenhouse to control height.