Sweet marjoram

A tender perennial shrub in Zone 9 and warmer areas and a relative to oregano, sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana) has to be grown as an annual. It tends to sprawl and is best confined in a container or planted in a herb garden.

  • Planting and care: Start from seed in late spring indoors, or buy rooted cuttings to be sure that you get the plant that you expect. The plant prefers full sun and fertile garden soil. Remove the flowers to encourage more leaves. Harvest and dry the leaves for year-round culinary use.
  • Special uses: The light-purple flower clusters attract many beneficial insects. The leaves taste similar to oregano and are used extensively in cooking, especially in vegetable and egg dishes.

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