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PlantFiles: Sweet Marjoram, Knotted Marjoram
Origanum majorana

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Origanum (or-RI-ga-num) (Info)
Species: majorana (maj-or-AN-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Majorana hortensis

12 vendors have this plant for sale.

27 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive merginglight On Jul 1, 2010, merginglight from Gravette, AR wrote:

This is the first year I've grown marjoram and I'm so glad to have done so. I've not cooked with the plant yet but have taken one of the flower heads to sniff and it would be easy to see how this little herb could become my favorite, easily. The smell is incredible, almost like a perfume.
The plant itself though seems smallish and I hope that it grows taller and bushier so that I can collect leaves, seeds and to dry them for use later. I had set the seed cups outside too early and it took a long time for the little seedling to mature enough to plant into the ground. Both my Marjoram plants are only less then a foot tall and with few sprigs each, but the plants seem to be gaining strength by the deepening of the color of their leaves and the width of the overall plant. I'd like to see lots more of this little herb, enough to use for daily cooking and for use in drying for winter usage. This is my first year of learning to save seed and I have no idea if I'm going to be able to with this precious little plant, but I'm going to try.

Positive CurtisJones On Nov 3, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: Marjoram has a sweeter, milder flavor than Oregano. It is wonderful used fresh in salads, and as a substitute for Oregano in cooked dishes such as pizza, tomato sauce, and Eggplant Parmesan. It is also a very popular ingredient in German sausage and herb breads. Marjoram retains its flavor when dried and can be picked at any time when the plants are at least 6" tall. A tender perennial, it will overwinter in USDA zones 9 or warmer.

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 5, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Marjoram is one of my very favorite herbs. I have always brought it in to overwinter so I can continue to use it fresh. It would likely survive my zone 5 garden as other zone 6 plants do.

Neutral eje On Mar 10, 2005, eje from San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I like Marjoram a lot; but, find I have a hard time finding enough uses for it to justify the space the plant takes up. It is a very vigorous grower, and tends to flop rather than grow upright. I have to prune it fairly severely nearly bi-monthly, to keep it from taking over the small-ish area I have dedicated to perennial herbs. Given the prices grocery stores charge for fresh herbs, I wish I could get them to take some of my marjoram.

Positive CatskillKarma On Jan 29, 2005, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:

Hard to tell if this is the cultivar that came with my house in the mountains, but the picture and description sure sound right. It thrives here, on the border between zones 4 and 5, in soggy poor clay soil. It has taken over several patches of my garden, and I have replanted it in places where other things have trouble growing--my almost soil-less rock garden, in partial shade next to my kitchen door steps--and it has thrived everywhere, through short summer seasons and -23F in the winter.

Positive Panther On Jan 28, 2005, Panther from Caboolture-Queensland
Australia wrote:

Grows readily in Queensland-Australia although I grew them only up to 35 cm high and best grown as annual.
We would appreciate a sort of code for Australia as you have for USA.

Neutral Baa On Sep 27, 2002, Baa wrote:

An evergreen, subshrub from Southern Europe and Asia Minor.

Has ovate, grey to mid green, slightly hairy, scented leaves. Bears small, tubular, white or pink flowers.

Flowers Late May to Late September

Loves a well drained, poorish, preferably alkaline soil in full sun. Not very hardy so it's often grown as an annual or overwintered indoors. It also dislikes winterwet.

An excellent nectar plant as well as a culinary herb with a mildly spicy/sweet flavour.

Medicinally it was a very useful plant and it was once thought that the very smell of it could heal some minor complaints. There were many and varied uses but the main ones were in a tea for the treatment of headaches, colds, indigestion and to calm nerves. It was also used in baths to help relieve muscle tension and rheumatic pains. Also poultices included Marjoram to help heal sprains and bruises.

It can also be made into a furnature polish and was often used to impart the bitter flavour in ale before hops came along.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Midland City, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Gravette, Arkansas
Mountain View, California
Oak View, California
San Francisco, California
Longmont, Colorado
Webster, Florida
Emmett, Idaho
Yorkville, Illinois
Cumberland, Maryland
Bellaire, Michigan
Caro, Michigan
East Moriches, New York
Charleston, South Carolina
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Round Rock, Texas
Radford, Virginia
Great Cacapon, West Virginia

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