Marjoram (Origanum vulgare)

 

Collins, 214; Readers Digest, 304

This is a downy medium height perennial often used as a herb and is commonly seen in our area especially in the downs at Crundale and above the Devil's Kneading Trough.  The flowers are purple to dark purple in loose clusters.  The flowers appear from July to September and it prefers dry scrubby grassland.  The Latin name Origanum comes from the Greek words meaning mountain joy.  The plant was once popular for making herbal sachets.  Its purple dye was once used to dye wool and to rub a fragrance into furniture.