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Origanum majorana

Marjoram is part of the Origanum genus and its scientific name is Origanum majorana.

Similar to oregano but with sweeter flavor. Attractive 12-24" plants with small white flowers. Softer leaves than oregano, with less spiciness and more of a camphor taste. Adaptable to a wide variety of recipes.

It is a herb and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Marjoram is known for its forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches). Popular varieties of Marjoram with home gardeners are Sweet, Golden, vulgare variegata, Sweet Asti and aurea.

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

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Marjoram have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Marjoram

  • Full Sun

Perennial in zones 6-8, but often grown as an annual. Annual in colder zones.
Plants prefer well-drained soil.

Position in a full sun location. Zone 6 to 10 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Keep in mind when planting that Marjoram is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.

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

Growing Marjoram from seed

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Marjoram about 49 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Marjoram

Plant out after danger of frost.

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

Common Marjoram problems

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

Marjoram Folklore & Trivia

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Other names for Marjoram

Sweet marjoram, Majoranka

Origanum majorana L.

Misspellings: Origanum vulgara

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