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Staff Favorite:

Alex Traven

"This herb doesn't get enough credit. It has a versatile sweet but not overpowering savory flavor that lends itself to so many cuisines. Try it in everything from mexican dishes to pasta/italian food to savory stews. Move over oregano!"

— Alex

Origanum majorana 'Compacta'

Marjoram, Compacta
  • Marjoram Compacta is a tender perennial and grows best in full sun, moist and well-drained soil.
  • Pinch back Marjoram Compacta to maintain bushy habit. Bring inside for the winter.

This compact form of sweet marjoram has small oval dark green leaves and pink-violet flowers. Marjoram has traditionally been associated with marriage and makes a great sachet ingredient for a hope chest. Collect leaves for adding to soups, poultry dishes, beef, veal and vegetable dishes. Holds its flavor well when dried. Produces a warming and calming effect on the nerves and muscles, an excellent herb for the bath.

Height: 6 Inches

Spread: 12 Inches

USDA Zone: 7-9

Color: Green


  • Container
  • Culinary
  • Fragrant
  • Border or Bed
  • Edging
  • Medicinal

Combo Usage:

  • Filler (main structural)


  • One Earth Edibles

Critter Resistance:

  • Squirrel Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun

Fertilizer Levels:

  • Average Feed

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer(Foliage)

Soil Moisture Preference:

  • Average-Slightly Moist

Soil pH Requirements:

  • Medium, 5.7-6.2

Vigor Rating:

  • Plays with others