Sweet Marjoram

Plant Specifications

Origanum majorana
Annual Full Sun Height: 12″-24″

In the Garden

Sweet marjoram does great in containers, hanging baskets, or in your garden. It produces little white flowers that resemble knots before they open which is where it gets its common name, “knotted marjoram”. Plant sweet marjoram in nutrient rich, well-drained soil in the full sun. Pinch back the flowers and tops of the plant to promote branching and leaf growth. Sweet marjoram is a great addition to your herb garden and will also look great on borders and rock gardens.

Plant Uses

Sweet marjoram is a culinary herb that tastes similar to oregano but it is milder. The leaves, stems, and flowers are all edible, but the leaves are most commonly used. The leaves can be used to flavor soups, stews, and sauces. It also goes great on beef, chicken, lamb, fish, and vegetables. It is often used in conjunction with bay, basil, garlic, onion, and thyme. The flavor in sweet marjoram is very strong so a little bit goes a long way. It is an excellent substitute for salt but it is not salty in taste Drying your marjoram will increase the flavor and makes a great potpourri.