Marjoram (Sweet) (Marorana hortensis)
Sweet marjoram, usually grown as an annual, is one of the most fragrant and popular of all herbs. Its growth habit is low and spreading, and it reaches a height of about 8 to 12 inches. It has small, oval, grey-green leaves that are velvety to the touch.
This plant can be easily grown from seed or cuttings. In colder climates, it is best treated as an annual or kept overwinter as a pot plant. Its colour makes it an attractive border plant.
Sweet marjoram leaves can be used any time. Cut the leafy stems at flowering and dry for future use.
Sweet marjoram leaves, fresh or dried, can be used as a flavouring in cooking. The oil derived from the leaves is used in making