Marjoram, Wild Marjoram, Oregano, Organy
Europe to Central Asia; Naturalized in Eastern U.S.A.
Greeks and Romans crowned young couples with garlands of oregano and planted it on gravesites to provide peace and happiness for the departed. Onion-flavored flower heads are pulled apart and sprinkled in salads, soups, omelettes and dips.
Source of plant
J.L. Hudson, Seedsman
Perennial reaching 2 1/2' in height, usually branched above, pubescent, rarely glabrous or hirsute. Leaves ovate to lanceolate-ovate, to 1 1/2" long, entire to somewhat toothed, glabrous or hairy, petioled;inflorescence corymbose or paniculate, spikelets to 1 1/8" long, ovoid, oblong, or angular, bracts usuallypurple, without glands or sparsely glandular on the outer surface; calyx about 2/3 as long as bracts,yellow-glandular-punctate, hairy or glabrous, corolla longer than calyx, white or purplish.
USDA Hardiness Zone
other ethnobotanical uses, food