Species: Marjoram (Origano vulgare)

Family: Mints and Dead-Nettles (LAMIACEAE or LABIATAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Mints and Dead-Nettles (LAMIACEAE or LABIATAE)

Often aromatic, the members of this large family have square stems, and usually undivided leaves in opposite pairs. The flowers are normally two-lipped and open-mouthed.

C. Marjoram (Origano vulgare)

This native, aromatic culinary herb, with oval leaves, has downy stems, and purple flowers with dark purple bracts, appearing in July. The leaves and flowers are normally dried like other herbs and used as flavouring for meat, especially lamb, stock, stews, casseroles and soups. Marjoram tea, made by simple infusion, is used to treat breast inflammation and stomach and intestinal complaints, and is also a useful gargle and mouthwash. It effectively relieves toothache, and feverishness by inducing gentle perspiration.

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Marjoram

Marjoram is a native, aromatic culinary herb, with oval leaves, and has downy stems, and purple flowers with dark purple bracts that appear in July.

Marjoram

The leaves and flowers are normally dried like other herbs and used as flavouring for meat, especially lamb, stock, stews, casseroles and soups.