Oregano is related to the herb marjoram, sometimes being referred to as wild marjoram. Oregano has purple flowers and spade-shaped, olive-green leaves. It is a perennial, although it is grown as an annual in colder climates, as it often does not survive the winter. Oregano is planted in early spring, the plants being spaced 30 cm (12 in) apart in fairly dry soil, with full sun. Oregano will grow in a pH range between 6. 0 (mildly acidic) and 9. 0 (strongly alkaline), with a preferred range between 6. 0 and 8. 0. It prefers a hot, relatively dry climate, but does well in other environments.