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origanum majorana L.
Name translated means 'joy of the mountain'.
Syn.: Majorana hortensis, Amaracus majorana
German: Mairan, wurstkraut
Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Lamiidae / Tubiflorae; Lamiales; Labiatae / Lamiaceae - Mint Family
Provings by Dr. Cessoles.
Description of the substance
Perennial growing to 0.6m by 0.6m . It is hardy to zone 7. It is in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The scented flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees. It is noted for attracting wildlife. We rate it 2 out of 5 for usefulness.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires dry or moist soil.
Habitats and Possible Locations
Seed - sow early spring at 10 - 13°c and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 4 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer.
The seed can also be sown in situ in April or early May and, although it can be slow to germinate, usually does well.
Division in March or October. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
Basal cuttings of young barren shoots in June. Very easy. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
The bruised leaves emit a fragrance somewhat resembling thyme, but somewhat sweeter with balsamic undertones.
'Golden' 'Golden Marjoram' 'Creeping Gold Marjoram' 'Aurea'
A low-growing form, to 15cm tall, it has crinkled yellow to white leaves and makes an attractive ground cover as well as being a good pot plant.