Language English Vegetables and herbs Origanum majorana Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Josée Bouthot) OngletsBotanyOrigin and description Marjoram is native to the Mediterranean. It has a milder flavour than oregano (Origanum vulgare), to which it is closely related. The leaves and flower tops are used fresh, dried or ground.Cycle: Tender perennial cultivated as an annual in Quebec.Spacing: 40 cm.Height: 35 cm. Common nameMarjoramLatin name (genus)Origanum majoranaFrench common name Marjolaine Botanical familyLamiaceae HorticultureGrowing conditions Exposure: Full sun. Pruning and maintenance Pinch back regularly. Propagation Sow seed indoors in March-April. Use Culinary use: The leaves and flower tops are added to salads, vegetables, stews, tomato sauces and pizza. Marjoram is also used to flavour oils and vinegars. For hot dishes, it should be added toward the end of cooking.