RESEDA lutea

Wild Mignonette



Height: 8-12" (20-30 cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Yellow

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Dilleniidae (Dillenia Superorder)
Order: Capparales (Caper Order)
Family: Resedaceae (Mignonette Family)
Genus: Reseda (Mignonette)
Species: lutea (yellow)
Reseda lutea

Reseda lutea is another wildflower that can be overlooked unless you are looking for it. It is about a foot high, growing mainly on chalky soil amongst grasses, with stiff deeply cut leaves. The flowers have very deeply cut petals in a pale greenish yellow colour, borne in dense spikes, so the plant blends well with the surrounding grasses. Unlike garden Mignonette, grown for its perfume, Wild Mignonette has no scent.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


(141 days)

Seed Pod The seed pod is like a little pocket with three corners.

Seed The seed is a small shiny fat black disc with a white aril. There are many seeds in a pod.

Seedling The seedling has rounded leaves.

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