Marjoram, golden

Origanum majorana Aureum

Golden Marjoram is a pretty, lower growing version of standard marjoram. A clump-forming growth habit with bright yellow leaves that will add contrast in any herb border or rock garden. Clusters of small pink or white flowers from early to mid-Summer. Much loved by bees and butterflies. Cut off the dying blooms to prevent seed development and encourage foliar growth. Golden Marjoram is easy to grow, but is a bit sensitive to the cold so make sure it's not too exposed, but in general it should tolerate Irish winters perfectly well. Happy out in containers.

Marjoram and Oregano are names often used interchangeably, even though they are different herbs. Add to that the fact that we also sell a 'Golden Oregano' and you have a recipe for confusion! There is, however, a slight difference between Oregano species (Oregano vulgare spp) and Marjoram species (Oregano majorana spp). They do look very alike; after all they are botanically related. Marjoram has leaves which are slightly hairy and more gray-green in color, while oregano has olive-green colored leaves. The real difference lies in the flavour of the leaves. Oregano tastes a little more pungent - woodsy and warm. Marjoram is slightly sweeter and more gentle.

Site: Sheltered
Soil: Well-drained
Position: Full sun to part shade
Season of Interest: Aromatic leaves, pink flowers in early to mid Summer, culinary use, pollinator plant
Hardiness: Hardy
Height: 1ft (0.3m) Spread: 1ft (0.3m)

Type | Size: Pot | 9cm
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