Botanical Name: Origanum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty'
Common Name: Kent Beauty Oregano  
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Green, Pink, White, Multi-Colored


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green, Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Low, Medium


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Mediterranean, Ranch


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Small Spaces, Hanging Baskets


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: wrong photo?
  • Description

  • Notes

'Kent Beauty' is a hybrid oregano grown for its attractive flowers, rather than for its culinary qualities. It is a bushy, trailing plant that grows to about 10 inches tall and maybe a foot wide, with wiry stems that are covered in small, oval, silver-veined, slightly hairy leaves. the flowers appear in mid-summer, and are drooping, lantern-like bracts that are tinged in pink. Very effective when planted where its trailing qualities are well shown. Subtle but very distinctive. Barney Barnett of Willard Bay Gardens says these are a group of perennials that he just can't do without!
Grow in well drained soil in full sun. Does very well in gritty, sandy-loams. Excellent heat and drought tolerance; not tolerant of soggy soils. Listed as being hardy to USDA Zone 6, and it should over-winter if not planted in a wet site. Cut back in late winter to early spring. Flowers are excellent in fresh cut or dried arrangements. Though drought tolerant, it may need more water if planted in a container.