Origanum majorana

Sweet marjoram

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Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Sometimes known as knotted marjoram because the flowers develop in small tight knots, this tender perennial is often grown as an annual or kept in pots as a biennial for use during winter. It is perhaps the most popular variety for culinary purposes, used whenever a recipe calls for marjoram, and retains its uniquely spicy, fresh flavour even after drying. In fact, most cooks consider it superior to other Origanum species that are sometimes hardier or grown as ornamentals. Plants are very easy to raise from seed and cuttings, so it is not difficult to maintain supplies.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Origanum

Species: majorana

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 80cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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