Botanical Name: Origanum majorana
Native: Cyprus and Turkey
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 9 and 10, but most often grown as an annual.
Plant Dimensions: 12″–18″ tall, 12″ wide
Variety Information: Small (¼” – ¾” wide), round, pale, grey-green, velvety, aromatic leaves. Tiny white or pink flowers appear in midsummer.
Exposure: Full sun
Attributes: Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers, Deer Resistant
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED (seed is very small). 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 65°–75°F.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 4 seeds every 12″
Row Spacing: 18″
Thinning: Thin to 1 every 12″
Harvesting: Leaves, flowers, or sprigs can be picked any time plant is at least 6″ high.