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Origanum onites - L.
                 
Common Name Pot Marjoram
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Stony hills and rocky slopes, usually on limestone, occasionally in partial shade, to 1400 metres in Turkey[93].
Range Europe - Mediterranean
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Origanum onites Pot Marjoram


Origanum onites Pot Marjoram
   
Physical Characteristics
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Origanum onites is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Tea.

Leaves - raw or cooked. They are used as a flavouring for salad dressings, vegetables and legumes and are best added in the final stages of cooking[183, 238]. A strong thyme-like aroma, the leaves are used as a substitute for oregano or marjoram, but they are inferior in flavour[183, 238]. A slightly bitter flavour, it is not nearly so sweet and delicate as O. majorana or O. vulgare[244]. Its flavour, however, lasts longer in cooked dishes[244]. A herb tea is made from the leaves[183].
Medicinal Uses


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Antiseptic;  Antispasmodic;  Carminative;  Cholagogue;  Diaphoretic;  Disinfectant;  Emmenagogue;  Expectorant;  
Stimulant;  Stomachic;  Tonic.

The leaves and flowering stems are antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and mildly tonic[4, 21]. They are harvested in the summer and can be used fresh or dried[238].
Other Uses
Disinfectant;  Dye;  Essential;  Pot-pourri.

An essential oil from the leaves is used as a food flavouring and in perfumery[57, 61, 171]. The leaves and flowering stems are added to pot-pourri and scented articles[238]. The plant is often used to disinfect bee hives[7].
Cultivation details
Requires a rather dry, warm, well-drained soil, but is not fussy as to soil type[1, 18], thriving on chalk[1]. Prefers slightly alkaline conditions[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to about -10°c[200]. Sometimes cultivated as a culinary herb. A good companion plant, improving the flavour of nearby plants[18, 20]. The flowers are very attractive to bees[108]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
Propagation
Seed - sow early spring at 10 - 13°c and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. The seed can also be sown in situ in late spring. Division in March or October. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Basal cuttings of young barren shoots in June. Very easy. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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