Oregano de la Sierra

Monardella menthifolia

An attractive herb with small, shiny dark green leaves and lavender flowers appearing in showy pom-pom whorls. The leaves have a bright lemony mintiness when fresh, and when dried are spicily aromatic, giving off a deep, complex, and pungent fragrance of Oregano. Traditional Native American usage includes alleviating colds and influenza, and as a skin wash or tincture for disinfecting wounds. The tea of dried leaves and flowers is tasty, while the leaves dried and pulverized make an oregano-like spice for protein dishes and salad dressings.

Water: Drought Tolerant

Hardiness: Frost Hardy


Habit: Perennial woody subshrub grows to 18" tall

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Any well-draining soil

Origin: North America, Manitoba south to Texas

Oregano de la Sierra