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This oregano relative is native to the Mediterranean and has been used for centuries as a culinary and medicinal herb. The velvety gray-green leaves are highly aromatic and have the blended flavor of marjoram, thyme, and oregano. Add this savory taste to vegetable and meat dishes, hummus, flatbreads, and soups. Tender perennial grown as an annual. Start indoors in the north. Grows to 24 inches. 

50 seeds 


Origanum syriacum

Tender perennial: Zone 9-11

Germination:  7-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-70ºF.

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface

Sowing Indoors: Start 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70ºF soil temperature. Transplant after last frost, space 6-8" apart.

Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost. Sow a few seeds every 1-2", thin 6-8" apart.  

Light Needs: Full Sun 

Soil Needs:  Average, dry to medium, well-drained soils

Uses:  Culinary, attracts bees and beneficials, ornamental- in containers, hanging baskets or window boxes

Harvest:  Fresh use- starting around 6", as soon as you can clip some leaves. Drying- Cut the whole plant down when they begin to flower. Hang and dry out of direct sunlight.

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Gary A.
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Only 1/2 Germinated

Only half sprouted. However the ones that did are looking good. It is possible that my seeding mix wasn't favorable for Zaatar.

Paul A.
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I'm very pleased

I like the seasoning za'atar and when I saw this herb listed I gave it a shot. I'm very pleased with the germination rate I achieved with a heat mat and my seedlings made it into my herb garden about a month ago and they're thriving. I like the taste of this herb when it's raw, much more so than oregano. It's now tall enough to start adding it salads. As the summer wears on I'll dry some and use it in cooked foods. This was a great buy. Thanks!

Sameena A.
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Zaatar seeds

My overall experience was good. I was super excited for this seed and it took forever to germinate but hopefully it will grow quickly.

Donna F.
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Herb seeds - Zaatar

I really do like ordering my herb seeds for Pinetree. I have had great success germinating the seeds and getting lovely crops my zaatar grew quite well

Rebecca C.
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thoughts on zaatar

I always have a good experience shopping with Pinetree Seeds! As to my Zaatar seedlings, this plant is easy to start from seed and easy to grow. To me, it tastes like a combination of oregano and thyme. I like it! Rebecca Cook