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Marjoram (Sweet/Hardy/Knotted Marjoram)

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  • Common Name: Marjoram (Sweet/Hardy/Knotted Marjoram)
  • Latin Name: Origanum majorana
  • Family Name: Lamiaceae/Labiatae
It is said that Aristotle recommended Marjoram as an antidote for poisoning, claiming that tortoises swallowing a snake would immediately eat Marjoram as an antidote to prevent death.  

We have seen no evidence that this is true, and we think that tortoises might not be attracted to Marjoram because the saponins and tannins present in it give it a very aromatic and quite bitter flavour, but we believe they would come to no harm if they did eat this plant.

Marjoram is closely related to, and often confused with, Oregano.
The flowers of Marjoram are usually pink or lilac but can also be found in white.
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