For many years I thought that I had Dittany of Crete, Oreganum dictamnus, growing in my garden. I have given away many cuttings with the wrong name.
What I have here is Oreganum pulchellum. The same showy clusters of pink flowers but a different species of dittany.
I only came to realize this when I was at the nursery one day and saw a 4" pot labeled Dittany of Crete, Oreganum dictamnus. The leaf was clearly different. This is O. pulchellum leaf.
This much fuzzier one O.dictamnus.
Flowering is about to begin on both plants and for both it will be long panicles of hop-like blooms. The plant makes a spectacular showing which is perfect for hanging over a wall. Although the two large plants of O.pulchella are in the herb garden I took cuttings this year and planted them to hang over the low wall behind the vegetable garden.
The real Dittany of Crete is the front courtyard where, once established, it will require little in the way of water.
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