| Dittany of Crete |
| Origanum dictamnus|
| Uses: Culinary/Medicinal
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 8-9) |
| (Hop marjoram)
Dittany of Crete is an attractive plant, bearing scented leaves and lovely purplish-pink flowers from June to August. Flowers can be steeped to make Dittany tea, a popular drink in Greece. Dittany of Crete was considered a potent healing herb by the early Greeks and has a long history in ancient writings, where it was purported to be able to expel arrows from wounds, ease childbirth and reverse poisoning. Where it is perennial, Dittany of Crete needs good drainage and protection from harsh, wet winters. It grows wild in the mountains of Greece and has protected status there as a rare plant. Its beautiful appearance makes it an excellent choice for hanging baskets. The hairy, silvery-grey leaves can be used in salads and sauces. Extract derived from Dittany of Crete is used to flavour vermouth.