RESEDA odorata (Sweet Mignonette) is a fragrant flowering plant belonging to the Resedaceae family. It is cultivated for its delightful scent and attractive clusters of small flowers. Sweet Mignonette is known for its nostalgic fragrance, reminiscent of freshly mown hay or honey, making it a popular choice for gardens and perfumery.
Sweet Mignonette is an annual or short-lived perennial plant that typically reaches a height of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm). It has erect stems with lance-shaped leaves that are medium green in color. The leaves are arranged alternately along the stems. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Sweet Mignonette is known for its resilience and ability to adapt to various soil types.
The flowers of Reseda odorata are small, tubular, and arranged in compact clusters at the top of the stems. The flower typically blooms from late spring to early summer, with the flowering period lasting for several weeks. Regular deadheading of spent flowers can help promote continuous blooming. They are typically greenish-yellow but can also be white or pink. The flowers are highly fragrant and attract pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies.
The fragrance of Sweet Mignonette is its standout feature. The flowers emit a sweet, honey-like scent that is most pronounced in the evenings. The delightful fragrance is often described as warm, spicy, and reminiscent of cloves or vanilla.
Sweet Mignonette is often grown in cottage gardens, herb gardens, or containers, where its fragrance can be enjoyed up close. It can be planted near outdoor sitting areas or windows to take advantage of its delightful scent. Additionally, the flowers can be used as cut flowers to bring their fragrance indoors.
Sweet Mignonette, with its intoxicating fragrance and charming clusters of flowers, adds a touch of nostalgia and beauty to gardens and landscapes. Its alluring scent makes it a delightful choice for those who appreciate fragrant plants.
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Scientific Name: Reseda Odorata
Common Name: Sweet Mignonette
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: North Africa, Egypt, Garden escape in Britain
Habitat: Common weed, Rocks
Exposure: Part Shade to Full Sun
Blooming Season: Mid-Summer, Early Fall
Attracts: Beneficial insects, Butterflies
Resistant: Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Characteristics: Fragrant, Showy
Flower Shape: Spoon
Flower Color: Yellow
Water Requirement: Normal to moist
Soil Type: Well-drained, Sandy loam to Clay loam
Soil pH: Slightly alkaline (7.5-8.5)
Advantage: Easy to grow, Low maintenance
Uses: Perfumery, Essential oil, Medicinal and Ornamental use