Reseda: mignonette

Height 30cm (1ft)

Planting distance 25cm (10in)

Flowers early summer to mid autumn

Fertile well-drained soil

Site in sun or dappled shade

Hardy annual

Mignonette has always been a favourite in the garden for its unforgettable fragrance, which fills the air between early summer and mid autumn, when the flowers are out. To look at, the plants have only modest charm – the leaves resemble those of spinach, and the flower spikes consist of minute yellow-green blooms with tufted brown stamens.

Popular varieties

Several varieties have been developed from Reseda odorata. ‘Fragrant Beauty’ has particularly strongly scented lime-green and red tinged flowers on plants 30cm (1ft) high. ‘Machet’ has red-tinged flowers. The plants reach 30cm (1ft) high.


Sow the seeds in fertile well-drained soil – ideally alkaline – in full sun or dappled shade. Just cover them with soil and firm thoroughly. Thin the seedlings to 25cm (10in) apart.

For early-flowering plants, sow the seeds under glass in late winter to early spring at a temperature of 13°C (55°F). Prick out into boxes and harden off, before planting out in late spring in the flowering position.

Pests and diseases

Trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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