Use leaves fresh or dried for culinary purposes. Blooms in shades of pink to purple from midsummer through fall. Harvest flowers in bud stage for best color.
• Attracts Beneficial Insects: Provides pollen and nectar for beneficial insects such as bees, hoverflies, lacewing larva, parasitic wasps, and tachinid flies.
• Edible Flowers: Use the flowers, which have a mild and marjoram-like flavor, as you would the herb to garnish salads, soups, stews, sauces, and stuffing. Also pairs well with citrus, mushrooms, and fish.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 65–70°F (18–21°C).
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow seeds in flats 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Sprinkle seeds on top of the growing medium and gently press them into the soil. Do not cover, as the seeds require light to germinate. Keep evenly moist until germination. Transplant to individual containers when seedlings have at least 4 true leaves. Transplant outside after the last frost date, spacing plants 12" apart in rows 18" apart. To make plants bushier, pinch back lush new growth.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Grows best in well-drained, sandy soil. Wild marjoram tolerates drought once the plant is established.
PLANT HEIGHT: 18-40".
PLANT SPACING: 12".
HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 4-8.
HARVEST: Cut leaves at any time for culinary use. For use as a dried flower, cut stems when flowers are budded, but not open, and hang upside down to dry.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.
85 - 90 Days
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Ideal for Drying and Crafts
Variety is excellent for creating dried flowers.
Variety's flowers may be consumed.
Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies
Plants, or seeds harvested from plants, that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices are designated as Organic.
Supplies that meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) rules according to a third-party authority such as OMRI, WSDA, and/or a local authority such as MOFGA or NOFA.
Attracts Beneficial Insects
Variety attracts and supports pollinators and/or insects that prey on garden pests.