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Pot Marjoram

Origanum onites

Also known as

French Marjoram, Turkish Oregano

Origanum onites à Monemvasia 02 by Patrice78500 (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Pot Marjoram

A clump of white flowering Origanum onites growing from a rockey outcrop.

Pot Marjoram Overview

Origanum onites is a close relative of Origanum vulgare the wild Oregano, and produces masses of white or pink flowers that beneficial insects adore. Commonly known as Pot Marjoram, this hardy sun loving perennial from the east end of the Mediterranean can be harvested for its leaves that make a tasty addition to a wide range of dishes. Conveniently, Pot Marjoran will happily grow in pots and containers, making it a useful addition next to the kitchen door, raised beds or to patio containers. Origanum onites differs from its Turkish cousin Origanum majorana by its toothed leaves and slightly different shaped flower spikes (corymb as opposed to condensed thyrses). This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Pot Marjoram

How to harvest Pot Marjoram

Cut leaves as required throughout the year.

How to propagate Pot Marjoram


Lift and divide plants in autumn or spring, replanting straight away.


Sow seed in spring into trays of compost and provide heat. Transplant and grow on before planting out once the threat of frost as passed.

Special features of Pot Marjoram

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Pot Marjoram

Grown as culinary herbs, others for their clusters of tubular, usually pink flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.


Leaves can be added to pasta, soups, salads and pizza dishes.