Origanum majorana
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Origanum majorana

sweet majoram
knotted majoram

  family lamiaceae 
  genus origanum 

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Genus  Origanum Species  majorana Variety  Cultivar  Common names  sweet majoram   knotted majoram Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S11145 Data source  CrscntBlm;ColorNat p19;HtZn p148;MedPl p240;Frgnt p172
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Herbaceous perennial Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Herb Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  6" - 2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Dry, well drained Optimal soil texture  Rich Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 10-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Hiro's friend Compost  no Size at acquisition  4 inch pot Garden location  Herb garden Garden notes  Origanum majorana has leaves that are mildly sweet. Despite its invasive tendency, this plant is still worthwhile to have. The aerial parts of Knotted majoram (also known as sweet majoram) have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Green and green are common colors produced with this plant. It is traditionally used to dye wool. (The mordants used for fixing the dye include: alum, chrome.) This species can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for this species has a texture that is rich. This plant does best in full sun. It prefers dry, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities  Invasive
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  stimulant   antispasmodic   carminative   anaphrodisiac Medicinal parts  Aerial parts   Essential oil Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  yes Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Do not take essential oil internally. Medicinal notes  Origanum majorana is most often used cooked. Knotted majoram (sometimes called sweet majoram) has too many possible beneficial herbal uses to fully enumerate. A few of its uses include: as a stimulant, as an antispasmodic, as a carminative and as an anaphrodisiac. See the medicinal properties section for the full list. This plant should not be used by anyone who is pregnant. The aerial parts and the essential oil are used in herbal preparations. Do not take essential oil internally.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  spicy fragrant leaves. sweet Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Aerial parts Dye color  green,olive green
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Cooked Nutritional value  Edible parts  Leaves Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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