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Scientific Name: Origanum majorana
Pronunciation: uh-RIG-uh-num may-jur-AY-nuh
Common Name: sweet marjoram
Family Name: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Annual
Key ID Features: Leaves perfume scented like pine and citris, opposite, ovate-elliptic, medium gray-green, and pubescent; stems square in c.s.; flowers to 3 mm wide, white to pink.
Course(s): HORT 2355

Habit: Spreading, Upright
Form: Mounded
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.2 - 0.4m
Spread:0.1 - 0.3m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Rating: Zone 9: (-7 to -1 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium: Alkaline, Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Water Use: Low
Landscape Uses: Attract butterflies, Bedding plant, Container planting, Fragrance, Hanging basket, Herb, Rock garden
Additional Info: Google. Compare to hardy sweet marjoram, and to Italian oregano (O. majorana x O. vulgare).
sweet marjoram
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Distinctive smell, Glabrous
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic, Ovate
Apices: Obtuse
Bases: Obtuse
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Verticillaster
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Bilabiate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Not showy, White, Pink
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: Aug, Sep

Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time: Sep, Oct
Additional Info: Not showy, Ovary separates into four tiny mericarps or "nutlets" that are enclosed in a persistent calyx

Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Leaf-like bracts

Propagation: Seed, Division - below ground parts
Plant Care:
Other:leaf flavour best before flowering to keep pinched back
Pest Susceptibility: Mites, Root rot, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant, Drought resistant )
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