Wild marjoram Origanum vulgare

Also known as: oregano


Best time to see: mid Jul to mid Sep

Key facts

An aromatic plant with clusters of pink-purple flowers at the end of stems up to 60 cm tall

Also cultivated as a culinary herb; very attractive to butterflies and other nectar-feeding insects

Perennial, growing in chalky grassland

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Photo © Tony Gunton