Origanum majorana

Sweet Marjoram (Tender Perennial)

USDA Hardiness Zone 7-10

Aromatic gray-green leaves from red-brown stems. A slow grower, 'cold-sensative' herb. Cultivated for its aromatic leaves that can be used fresh or dried. Very flavor synonymus with oregano, but a bit more balsam-like. Compact in habit. Can be used as a groundcover or border plant, container or herb garden.


Culinarily compliments vegetables, veal, beef, poultry, fish, eggs, pate and lasagne. This is an essential herb for every herb garden and kitchen.

Height

20-24 in

Spread

12-18 in

Color

White

Interesting Notes

The Greeks called this plant 'Joy of the Mountain'. The Greeks and Romans both considered this plant a symbol of Happiness.

Bloom Time

summer

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Harvest leaves throughout the season, but best before it flowers. Tolerates poor soils, heat and drought. Does best in light, well-drained soil. Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Protect from excessive winter moisture.

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes & Uses
Fragrant
Containers
Culinary
Exposure
Full Sun
Partial Shade
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Soil Moisture Preference
Rich
Well-drained
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