Wild Marjoram - Origanum vulgare


Very variable, medium to tall tufted, hairy plant. Aromatic, stems erect, often purplish. Flowers purplish, red, pink or white, often darker in bud, 4 to 7 mm in broad, branched, flat topped clusters.

Identification difficulty

Rough dry grassland, scrub, banks and road verges mainly on calcareous soils.

When to see it

Late June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Local but widespread in much of Britain as far north as southern Scotland where it becomes scarcer.

VC55 Status

Local and quite restricted in range in Leicestershire & Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 24 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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