Also known as Oríganum (Greek, for "mountain-joy") this tender perennial is generally grown as an annual from seed. Leaves are opposite, ovate and entire, ciliate and greyish green. Flowers are pinkish to white and form spikes or terminal glomerules. The square stems indicate this, like many other herbs, is a member of the mint family Labiatae. Prefers alkaline soil.
This strong, pungent herb is commonly used with meats, sausage, pizza and poultry.
History and Lore
This gentle herb was a favorite of Aphrodite--annointing oneself with it would cause dreams of a future spouse. Planting it on a grave would comfort the dead. Wreaths of marjoram were used at weddings.