Outstanding Ornamental Oregano

|Origanum 'Kent Beauty|

|Origanum 'Kent Beauty|

When I think of Oregano I think pizza, pasta sauce, good italian gastronomy.  Usually the herb, when grown, is green leafy and fairly nondescript.  But one Oregano that I see from time to time definitely makes itself know with its unusually bountiful bracts that blush in colors in mauves, pinks, and rosé. (Yes I said it...rosé).  The bracts in this case remind me of ruffles of wafer thin paper.  Delicate trumpets of rosé flowers emerge between these bracts.  The overall look reminds me of something you might see walking the streets during the world famous carnival in Venice.  This plant would make an excellent stand out in a hanging container or in an urn where it could spill over the edges presenting an air of opulence and mystery.