Origanum 'Drops of Jupiter'
 Origanum 'Drops of Jupiter' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Golden Oregano

Oregano 'Drops of is a beautiful ornamental herb that will brighten up your landscape! When planted in full sun, the leaves of 'Drops of Jupiter' are chartreuse yellow. Later in the summer, mauve pink flowers are held on purple calyxes. The calyxes hold after the flowers are spent and extend the attractiveness late into fall. Although it's related to the oregano commonly used in cooking, this herb is meant to show off in the garden. Its leaves are edible, but will not have as intense of a flavor as its cousins.

  • Height: 61 cm (24 in)
  • Spread: 81-91 cm (32-36 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-9
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 6 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: mid summer to early fall
  • Leaf Colour: yellow gold
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: bees and butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Golden Oregano needs full sun, but will grow in virtually any type of soil as long as it is well drained.  It prefers moderate watering and can withstand drying. Shearing back plants will encourage new growth, but is not necessary.


The foliage will stay evergreen if there is good snow cover.