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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].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
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 Jun to October, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, lepidoptera, insects, self.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.

Synonyms

Habitats

Cultivated Beds.

a common weed, it also grows amongst rocks[245].

Edible Uses

None known

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].

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].

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].

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].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Reseda luteaWild Mignonette, Yellow mignonette10
Reseda luteolaWeld, Dyer's Rocket01
Reseda phyteumaRampion mignonette10

 

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