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Reseda odorata - L.

Common Name Mignonette, Garden mignonette
Family Resedaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats a common weed, it also grows amongst rocks[245].
Range N. Africa - Egypt. An occasional garden escape in Britain[17].
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Reseda odorata Mignonette, Garden mignonette


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Reseda odorata is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from June to October, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies), insects. The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Acrid  Diaphoretic  Diuretic  Laxative  Resolvent

The acrid root is diaphoretic, diuretic and laxative[240]. The seed is applied externally as a resolvent[240].

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Other Uses

Dye  Essential

An essential oil is obtained from the flowers[57, 61]. Used in perfumery[46, 74]. 1200 Kg of flowers yields 350gr absolute[46]. A yellow dye is obtained from the plant[168].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife  Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in any well-drained neutral to slightly alkaline soil in a sunny position or in some shade if the summers are long and hot[108, 200]. The flowers are very fragrant[245]. Plants are sometimes cultivated for the essential oil in their flowers[61]. A good plant for bees and butterflies[30, 200], it is also an important food plant for the caterpillars of many species of butterfly[30].

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Propagation

Seed - sow in situ in the spring and only lightly cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. An autumn sowing usually succeeds in areas where winter temperatures do not fall below about -10°c[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Reseda luteaWild Mignonette, Yellow mignonetteBiennial/Perennial0.8 0-0  LMHSNM10 
Reseda luteolaWeld, Dyer's RocketBiennial1.5 5-9  LMHNM013
Reseda phyteumaRampion mignonetteAnnual/Biennial0.3 0-0  LMHSNM10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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