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Reseda odorata

Common mignonette

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


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Plant details

Perhaps less commonly grown because of its demure colouring, sweet mignonette was once widely used in cottage gardens and as a cut flower. The species has subdued, tiny, greenish flowers with orange anthers. Planting it beside a doorway or under a window ensures its sweet perfume can be enjoyed in the summer evening air.

Family: Resedaceae

Genus: Reseda

Species: odorata

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: September to March

Flowering period: July to September

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