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Zaatar marjoram  

Origanum syriaca

Zaatar marjoram is part of the Origanum genus and its scientific name is Origanum syriaca. It has flavor hints of thyme, sweet marjoram and oregano.The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Paris Green colour. Zaatar marjoram grows as an annual/perennial and is a flowering herb. Being an annual / perennial plant, it tends to grow either as a single season plant, or a plant that can stay in your garden for many years. Zaatar marjoram is known for its forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 60.96 cm (1.98 feet).

Israel is believed to be where Zaatar marjoram originates from.

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

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How to grow Zaatar marjoram

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Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. The USDA Zones typically associated with Zaatar marjoram are Zone 8 and Zone 10. Keep in mind when planting that Zaatar marjoram is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

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

Growing Zaatar marjoram from seed

Indoors: Sow seeds in late winter, 8 to 10 weeks before planting outdoors in spring. Where winters are mild sow in summer for planting oudoors in early fall. Can be sown outdoors in spring, which is preferred, or early fall, where winters are wild. Sow in a cold frame or a raised protected bed. Cover seeds 3 to 4 times their thickness.

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 60°C / 140°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Zaatar marjoram about 28 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Zaatar marjoram

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

Common Zaatar marjoram problems

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

Zaatar marjoram Etymology

Origanum, oros, “mountain”, ganos, “joy”, “joy of the mountain”.

syriacum, from Syria; Syrian.

Zaatar marjoram Folklore & Trivia

The name hyssop can be traced back almost unchanged through the Greek hyssopus and Hebrew esov, meaning “holy herb”.
Because common Hyssop (Hyssop officinalis) is not native to the Mediterranean area, much debate has ensued over which plant was referred to as Hyssop.
Origanum syriacum is thought to be the true Hyssop of the Bible.
Hyssop was used to cleanse the temples and other sacred places of the Egyptians.
It is mentioned numerous times in the Scriptures. While pride is symbolized by the majestic cedar of Lebanon in Jewish tradition, the lowly hyssop represents modesty and humility. br In religious painting Hyssop is used as a symbol of humility. This symbolism of the hyssop versus the cedar gives to understand the plea of King David in Psalms 51:9: “Cleanse me with hyssop that I may be pure; wash me that I may become whiter than snow”.
David committed a sin by taking Bathsheba and arrogantly accorded himself the unjust privileges assumed by foreign kings, thus “he became proud above his people.” David’s prayer for forgiveness can be understood like the plea of the leper: I was proud and haughty like the cedar, and now I beseech you to make me humble like this hyssop with which I ask to be cleansed. (Lev. 14:2-4)
Hyssop is known for its ability to purify the blood, which in Psalm 51:9 had symbolic, as well as medicinal significance.
Hyssop as we know it may or may not be the hyssop mentioned by King David.
In the New Testament, a sponge soaked in sour wine or vinegar was stuck on a branch of hyssop and offered to Jesus of Nazareth on the cross (John 19:29), showing that the cross was not as high as sometimes portrayed (Hyssop is up to 60 cm long).
Hyssop-Oregano was often gathered in bunches and used as a brush or sprinkler for purification rituals.

Other names for Zaatar marjoram

Wild marjoram, Syrian marjoram, Hyssop, Esov

Majorana syriacum, Majorana syriaca, Origanum syriacum

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