Sweet marjoram is very fragrant and the essential oil is used in perfumes. Leaves add a strong, spicy flavour to soups, sauces, stuffings, stews. Rubbing with fresh leaves before roasting improves all strong meats. The leaves become more intense with flavour when dried. Will grow quickly, so pinch it back to encourage bushy growth. Grows 1 to 2 feet tall.
Sweet marjoram is used to help treat asthma, headache, indigestion, rheumatism. It is also used in the bath for aromatherapy.
How to Grow Marjoram
Prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Prefers moist, well-draining soil with a pH of 4.9 to 8.7. It tolerates poor soil and drought. Surface sow as it needs light to germinate. Keep soil moist but never soggy. For best germination results grow indoors in sterilized soil; black earth/peat moss mixture. Transplant outside after risk of frost. Space plants 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) apart.