Common name: Mignonette

The Latin name Reseda means to calm or appease, and refers to the fact that the plant was used by the Romans in treating bruises.

It is a sweet scented border annual, that grows up to 500mm (18”) subject to variety.

Some varieties produce large clusters of 5mm (¼")flowers up to 200mm (8") long whereas other varieties may only have clusters 50mm (2") long.

Generally, the smaller flowered varieties are more fragrant than the larger forms.


The flowers are attractive to bees, and appear from early July till October.


Week 15:

Sow seed in pots / trays of seed compost and germinate at 12°- 16°C (55°- 60°F)

Germination should take about a 5-7 days.

Week 16:

Prick out seedlings when they are large enough to handle into cell trays or boxes.

These plants do not take kindly to transplanting, so if this is required ensure that the rootball remains as large as is possible.

This also applies at the pricking out stage!

Week 21:

Plant out in a sunny spot, 20-300mm (8”-12”) apart in a well prepared alkaline soil.

To encourage long flowering spikes plants should be disbudded so that only a few shoots are allowed to grow.

Apply a liquid feed when the plants come into bud.

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