Taisha is both the author and photographer with today’s entry.
The ornamental Origanum ‘Nymphenburg’ is a member of the Lamiaceae, or mint family. This photo was taken this past summer in late July in UBC Botanical Garden’s E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden. From a browsing of search engine results, this cultivar is little-known in North America. It seems to have originated in Europe (where it can be found with some effort in the horticulture trade), and presumably it is named after either Nymphenburg Palace or Nymphenburg Porcelain. Of those two options, it is most likely to be named after the castle and its gardens.
Origanum contains about 60 species, known commonly as the oreganos and marjorams. Some are cultivated for culinary use, but as noted above, Origanum ‘Nymphenburg’ is primarily an ornamental cultivar. This aromatic perennial herb holds ovate leaves arranged oppositely on a square stem. Many bilabiate flowers of purple are collected terminally in a corymbose-panicle. The attractive inflorescence of this taxon appeals to numerous insect visitors, including, on this day, Neophasia menapia, commonly known as the pine white (butterfly).
Botany resource link (added by Daniel): a macro timelapse video of germinating seeds and opening leaf & flower buds by Daniel Csobot.