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Sweet Marjoram

Origanum majorana

Also known as

Knotted Marjoram, Marwa, Pot Marjoram

Origanum-majorana-flowers by Sten (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

90cm

Max

50cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A photo of Sweet Marjoram
A photo of Sweet Marjoram
A photo of Sweet Marjoram

Overview

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.

Common problems

Companion plants

Harvesting

Harvest leaves throughout the year and the flowers just before the seeds mature.

Propagation

Cuttings

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.

Seed

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.

Special Features

Repels harmful insects

Crop rotation

Light Feeder

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Uses

Medicinal

It is known to have antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal qualities. In addition to these also has cardiovascular and emotional benefits.

Edible

Leaves and flowers are used in cooking.

Essential oil

Cosmetic