Origanum 'Kent Beauty'

Deciduous subshrub, stems prostrate to ascending, glabrous. Leaves 12 mm long, 10 mm wide, cordate, sessile, apex acute or obtuse, glabrous, glaucous, veins conspicuous, sparsely punctate. Spikes 15-20 mm long,15-20 mm wide, slightly nodding. Bracts 10 mm long and wide, pale green, flushed pink, translucent, cordate, acute, net veining conspicuous. Calyx 6 mm long, unequally 2-lipped. Corolla 15 mm long, magenta, tube 9 mm gradually widening to lips; upper lip entire, lower lip with 3 equal lobes. Stamens with longer pair 10 mm, protruding beyond upper lip, lower pair 3 mm.

Believed to be a hybrid of O. rotundifolium and O. scabrum; intermediate in habit but with the floral characters of the former and lacking the rough leaves of the latter.

Bracts pinker and corolla lips longer than those of O. rotundifolium.

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