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Origanum majorana (Sweet Marjoram)

Sweet Marjoram, Garden Marjoram, Knotted Marjoram, Pot Marjoram


Widely cultivated for its mouthwatering fragrance, Origanum majorana (Sweet Marjoram) is a bushy sub-shrub forming a mound of highly aromatic, ovate, gray-green leaves. More delicate in flavor than those of Origanum vulgare (Common Oregano), the leaves go well with meats, fish, salads, Greek and Italian dishes and tomato-based dishes and sauces. Since its aroma can be damaged by heat, use it in uncooked or lightly cooked dishes, or add it at the end. In mid to late summer, it produces clusters of tiny, two-lipped, white or pale pink flowers.

  • Grows up to 12-24 in. tall and wide (30-60 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Good heat and drought tolerance. Intolerant of high humidity.
  • Low maintenance and relatively disease and pest free, this plant is also deer resistant.
  • An excellent choice for sunny borders, cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens or containers.
  • Cut back old flowered stems in early spring to keep the planting tidy and to induce growth of new leaves. Best leaf flavor usually occurs just prior to flowering.
  • Propagate by seed or by division in the autumn or spring.
  • Native to the Mediterranean region, Turkey.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Shrubs
Plant Family Origanum - Oregano
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Shrubs
Plant Family Origanum - Oregano
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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