Origanum vulgare 'Hopleys'

Stems to 70 cm, hairless. Leaves to 3 cm long; young leaves purple beneath; spikes 2 cm, bracts 5-6 mm, lanceolate, overlapping, green, tinged purple. Corolla purple, tube 6 mm, lower lip about 3 mm long. Stamens just protruding. Spikes more compact than other cultivars in this group.

Probably a selection of O. vulgare subsp. gracile [O. tytthanthum] or a hybrid with O. laevigatum.

Introduced by David Hopley of Hopley's Nursery, UK, c. 1980.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Origanum L.
species         Origanum vulgare L.