Oregano varieties

Oreganos and Thymes

Oregano and its relative Marjoram are very similar in appearance and culture, however Marjoram is more delicate. The difference lies in their uses in the kitchen.

The popularity of Oregano in the United States did not emerge until the soldiers of World War II returning from campaigns in Italy brought home the flavors of the pizza and tomato sauces they had grown to love while being there; which explains its nickname “The Pizza Herb”. It is perfect for tomato, egg, or cheese dishes, or garlicky food where its sharp taste is not overpowering. It is a hardy perennial in zone 5.

Marjoram on the other hand, is a more tender plant, grown as an annual in zone 5. It has smaller leaves and a milder taste. It is often used in rice dishes, butter sauces, and poultry recipes. Marjoram grows wild in the Mediterranean where is has been adored for centuries.

Check out our recipe section for ideas for using Oregano and Marjoram in the kitchen.  Find great Oregano recipes here!

Compare the different Oregano and Marjoram varieties we offer by clicking here.

Find out more about each variety we carry by clicking on one of the blue links below, or simply type the plant name in our search box above.

Origanum onites aureum ‘Crinkle Leaf’

Crinkle leaf Marjoram

Marjoram, Crinkle Leaf

Origanum majorana

Sweet Marjoram

Marjoram, Sweet

Origanum ‘Bristol Cross’

Bristol Cross Oregano

Oregano, Bristol Cross

Dittany of Crete blossoms

Dittany of Crete

Oregano, Dittany of Crete

Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’

Golden Oregano

Oregano, Golden

Origanum heracleoticum

Greek Oregano

Oregano, Greek

Origanum laevigatum ‘Hopley’s’

Hopley's Oregano

Oregano, Hopley’s

Origanum x majoricum

Hot & Spicy Oregano

Oregano, Hot & Spicy

Origanum x majoricum

Italian Oregano

Oregano, Italian

Origanum vulgare ‘Jim’s Best’

Jim's Best Oregano

Oregano, Jim’s Best

Origanum rotundifolium ‘Kent Beauty’

Kent Beauty Oregano

Oregano, Kent Beauty

Origanum tyttanticum

Turkish Oregano

Oregano, Turkish

Origanum vulgare

Variegated Oregano

Oregano, Variegated

Origanum majorana

Sweet Marjoram

Sweet Marjoram