If you are looking for a great culinary Oregano, my recommendation would be Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum. This variety is valued as a herb because it has a more hot and spicy taste than Origanum vulgare. In fact, the subsp. hirtum is what is commonly used in many spaghetti and pizza sauces. Not only is this variety great in the kitchen, if you do want to grow it in your home garden, it has very delicate white flowers and adds great fragrance to the landscape.
Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum
Origanum laevigatum 'Pilgrim'
- "Origanum vulgare". The Herb Society of America. 30 November 2008
- photo of subsp. hirtum: orivulgarehirtumwithfennel.JPG
- photo of 'Pilgrim': http://www.deerxlandscape.com/Origanum_laevigatum_Pilgrim.jpg