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Origanum maru

Zaatar is part of the Origanum genus and its scientific name is Origanum maru.

Bright green foliage with mild oregano flavor and hints of marjoram and thyme.

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   White. The mature flowers are of a single form. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Android robot green and   Asparagus colour. It is a herb and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Zaatar is known for its forb growing habit. This plant tends to bloom and harvest throughout the year. If you would like to attract butterflies and bees to your garden, consider growing this plant.

Israel is believed to be where Zaatar originates from.

Zaatar is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

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How to grow Zaatar

  • Partial Sun

  • Low

Zaatar Oregano likes it on the dry side. Its roots do not like to be wet.

Position in a partial sun location and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Zaatar is thought of as half hardy, so remember to watch your frost dates and ensure you have this plant protected when the temperature dips.

See our list of companion Plants for Zaatar to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Zaatar from seed

My Zaatar oregano germinated within 8 days. I germinated it in moist good soil (Ace Hardware potting soil). It is growing fairly fast. After germinating keep it on the dry side and needs lots of sun.

Transplanting Zaatar

Transplant in a sunny location. Dig a hole about twice the size of the planter and mix garden soil with potting soil. Position the zaatar oregano at the same level it was growing in the pot. Water.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Zaatar is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Zaatar

Zaatar Oregano can be harvested as soon as the branches are at least 3 inches. Flowers can also be used in cooking.

Common Zaatar problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Zaatar plants:

Zaatar Etymology

Zaatar is a Middle Eastern blend of spices including ground dried thyme, oregano, and marjoram mixed with toasted sesame seeds and salt.1

Zaatar Folklore & Trivia

In Lebanon this particular blend of spices (Zaatar) is believed to make the mind alert and the body strong.1

Other names for Zaatar

Egyptian marjoram

Origanum maru L.

Zaatar care instructions

How long does Zaatar take to grow?

These estimates for how long Zaatar takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world. Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!


Some of the information from: Bramble Wood Nursery website. herbsatbramblewood.com
ph1: The Zaatar Factory and Bakery

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