Sunday, July 1, 2012


Why it gets a wink:
Dittany of Crete (Origanum dictamnus) is one of the most photogenic plants I've ever grown. It smells good, looks cute, feels soft and fuzzy, and sends out bizarre bloom tassles (that look like green and purple hemlock pine cones) that also surprise the gardener with tiny lavender flowers.

Any worries?
Yes, it's not supposed to grow here! It despises high humidity and wet soil, so grow it in a clay pot and bring it in if it rains many days in a row. It grows better in Austin and San Antonio.

 Anything else?
Yes, it is in the similar to Oregano and can be used in cooking. I've not tried to eat it since I usually don't eat my decorative plants! I just want to enjoy the show.
And speaking of shows, go take a look at Lisa's Chaos this week for more fine macros of flowers and bugs and everything else.
Thanks, Lisa.

flag of Crete
Thanks to all for stopping by!



  1. Lovely images.... I just had to look it up as I didn't know it but it is also called Hop Marjoram in the UK.


  2. tres cool one to me....I love its hairy leaves!

  3. I saw this on my walk yesterday and wondered what it was! Great post! I have just got back to blogging after having a child and wanted to drop by to say hello. Stop by my blog if u get a chance and also
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