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Origanum majorana

An easy to grow and delicious herb

These aromatic leaves are an essential flavouring for many Italian recipes including tomato sauces and pasta and pizza toppings. This lovely herb is great to edge a sunny border in the garden and has clusters of flowers through summer that are a favourite with bees and other insects.


Choose a sunny site and well drained soil. Makes good ground cover spreading through the soil. Happy in a container on the patio where the scent from the leaves can be appreciated.


Add sand or grit to the soil when planting to help drainage. Use John Innes No 3 if planting in a container and use pot feet in winter to help with drainage. Cut back in spring once the new leaves are seen. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 80 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Medicinal Yes
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, City garden

Typically available

From February to September