Marjoram

Origanum laevigatum and cvs.

Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'
Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Marjoram (Origanum laevigatum and cvs.)
oh-RIG-an-um lay-vih-GAY-tum
Genus:  Origanum
This plant is a creeping perennial that reaches 24 inches tall. Dark green leaves have a rich purple tint, and its purplish pink flower clusters appear from late spring through autumn. ‘Herrenhausen’ (Zones 5–8) displays masses of showy pink flowers with maroon bracts on purplish stems. ‘Hopleys’ (Zones 7–10) is taller (up to 36 inches) with large, long-blooming, deep pink flowers, and is a vigorous grower, more tolerant of heat than ‘Herrenhausen’.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Found growing in rocky terrain in Turkey and Cypress. Excellent in stone walls. Attracts bees and insects. Not good as a culinary herb.
Care:  Needs good drainage. Grow in poor to moderately fertile soil.
Propagation:  Divide in spring or take basal cuttings in late spring.
Problems:  Root and stem rots. Aphids and spider mites.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Fall,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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