This plant has a mild fragrance
Origanum majorana is also known as Sweet Marjoram. It is a low-growing compact perennial herb from the mint family, Lamiaceae. Often grown as an annual. It has a spreading habit, the leaves are soft with a subtle sweet aromatic flavour and often used like origanum in cooking. Flowers are small and delicate, coloured white-purple. Sweet Marjoram can be planted as pretty groundcover or its a favourite in the vegetable patch or kitchen garden. It is well known for its culinary as well as medicinal uses.
Harvest leaves throughout the year and the flowers just before the seeds mature.
It is essential that the basal portion of the cutting is woody. Take the cutting from more or less 20cm down the stem and then proceed to root it.
The best time to sow seeds is during the spring and summer months. The seeds should be placed shallowly below the surface. Germination is expected to take 10-14 days.
Repels harmful insects
It is known to have antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal qualities. In addition to these also has cardiovascular and emotional benefits.
Leaves and flowers are used in cooking.