Packs Up And Shuts Her Gaudy Shop

--John Cleveland

"On Phillis Walking before Sunrise"

"Youth! Youth! how buoyant are thy hopes! They turn

Like marigolds toward the sunny side,"

--Jean Ingelow

"The Four Bridges"

TTITLE Marjoram

Two species of marjoram now grown for culinary purposes

(several others were formerly popular) are members of the Labiatae or

mint family--pot or perennial marjoram (Origanum vulgare, Linn.) and

sweet or annual (O. Marjorana). Really, both plants are perennials,

but sweet marjoram, because of its liability to be killed by frost, is

so commonly cultivated in cold countries as an annual that it has

acquired this name, which readily distinguishes it from its hardy

relative. Perennial marjoram is a native of Europe, but has become

naturalized in many cool and even cold temperate climates. It is often

found wild in the Atlantic states in the borders of woods.

The general name origanum, meaning delight of the mountain, is derived

from two Greek words, oros, mountain; and ganos, joy, some of the

species being found commonly upon mountain sides. Under cultivation it

has developed a few varieties the most popular of which are a variegated

form used for ornamental purposes, and a dwarf variety noted for its

ability to come true to seed. Both varieties are used in cookery. The

perennial species seems to have had the longer association with

civilization; at least it is the one identified in the writings of

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