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 Wild Marjoram
  Origanum vulgare

Distribution:  A native British wild flower, which is fairly common throughout Britain.
Habitat:  It grows on dry grassland, hedgerows and on chalky soils.
Description: A medium perennial with stems of pink flowers from August to September. The leaves are aromatic. 
Uses:  Wild Marjoram has been used as a potherb for cooking, although other cultivated species of Origanum are more commonly used these days. Traditionally, the plant was used to make herbal sachets and sweet-smelling powders.  A deep purple dye produced from it was once used to dye wool.  A juice produced from it was used to rub into furniture to make it fragrant.
Wildlife:  The flowers are very attractive to bees and butterflies.  It is the food plant of the Sub-Angled Moth and the Small Copper.  

Sowing Instructions for Seeds:  Sow seed in late spring to early summer in a cold frame. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots and plant them out in late summer for flowering the following year.

Our plants and seeds are of native British origin.