Origanum majorana
“Sweet Marjoram”

Oreganum majorana "Sweet Marjoram"
photo courtesy of: Forest & Kim Starr

 

Sweet marjoram is oregano with all the flavor, but none of the bite. This herb is a symbol of happiness for the Greeks & Romans & indeed it does lift your spirits with its sweet scent & the flavor it imparts to dishes like eggplant parmesan, stuffing & herb breads. A compact 1-2’ tall & wide bush, it grows quickly with decent drainage & little-to-no water. Small white flowers bloom June to September & it is very popular with bees & butterflies. To keep the foliage young & fresh, cut the bush down to 4” in the Spring. The leaves will retain flavor when dried - they are at their best if picked when the plant is in bud, but before the flowers have opened. Plant in full sun, will do well in the ground or in pots. It can easily be brought indoors to overwinter if you are below USDA zone 9.

-Anni J

Full sun
Low/Avg. water

Annual/Perennial herb
USDA zones 9-10