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Oregano

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  • Common Name: Oregano
  • Latin Name: Origanum vulgare spp.
  • Family Name: Lamiaceae/Labiatae
Because of the strong scent, most tortoises are not interested in eating this plant, so it can make a good addition to the tortoise enclosure.  It is said that very high doses of oil distilled from Oregano plants can cause a build-up of toxic quantities of thymol in the kidneys and liver, but it would be almost impossible for a tortoise to eat sufficient quantities of the plant to experience this toxicity, and the plant is listed as non-toxic on various animal and tortoise websites. 

Athough Oregano is sometimes called Wild Marjoram, it should not be confused with the Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana).

The flowers of Oregano are almost always a purplish-pink, but the Greek Oregano has white flowers.
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