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Marjoram (sweet)

Marjoram (Sweet) (Majorana hortensis)

Sweet marjoram


Sweet marjoram, usually grown as an annual, is one of the most fragrant and popular of all herbs. Its growth habit is low and spreading, and it reaches a height of about 8-12”. It has small, oval, gray-green leaves that are velvety to the touch.


This plant can be easily grown from seed or cuttings. In colder climates it is best treated as an annual or kept overwinter as a container plant. Its color makes it an attractive border plant. Leave 12” between plants and 18” between rows.


Sweet marjoram leaves can be used anytime. Cut the leafy stems at flowering and dry for future use.


Sweet marjoram leaves, fresh or dried, can be used as a flavoring in cooking. The oil derived from the leaves is used in making perfume. 

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