Erect shrub to 1.5 m tall, rarely a small tree. Leaves cylindrical, to 2-3 cm or so long, with a slight groove above. Flowers with calyx cream, corolla pale mauve with dark streaks in the throat; spring.
Generally grown as var. sericea J. Black, a silver-haired variety.
Source: (2002). Origanum. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.