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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)

    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015


    UK Map