Also called sweet marjoram, its flavor is considered milder but more complex than its relative, oregano. Some describe the flavor as having a hint of balsam. A very popular ingredient in German sausage and herb breads. Fun folklore: Legend has it that if you touch marjoram before bedtime, you will dream of your future spouse. Perennial in USDA zones 9 and 10; usually grown as an annual. Drought tolerant and deer resistant.
• Botanical Name: Origanum majorana
• Family: Laminaceae
• Native: Cyprus and Turkey
• Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 9 and 10, but most often grown as an annual.
• Plant Dimensions: 12"–18" tall, 12" wide
• Variety Information: Small (¼" – ¾" wide), round, pale, grey-green, velvety, aromatic leaves. Tiny white or pink flowers appear in midsummer.
• Exposure: Full sun
• Attributes: Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers, Deer Resistant
• When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date.
• When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED (seed is very small). 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 65°–75°F.
• Days to Emerge: 105–15 days
• Seed Depth: Press into surface
• Seed Spacing: A group of 4 seeds every 12"
• Row Spacing: 18"
• Thinning: Thin to 1 every 12"
• Harvesting: Leaves, flowers, or sprigs can be picked any time plant is at least 6" high.