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Mignonette

leaf mignonette

Leaves and Stem

Mignonette is a hairless, sprawling, 'floppy' biennial.  Generally, it is about 12 inches tall but can be significantly taller / bigger.   There may be a basal rosette of leaves.

 

The leaves are deeply cut and have a pinnate appearance; the margin is wavy - see adjacent image.  The stem has a number of  ridges - see image below.

 

stem mignonette

spike reseda lutea

Flowers and Fruits

The flowers are a green yellow - with 6 sepals and 6 petals.   They are densely packed together to form a spike.

The upper pair of petals have lobes, and there are numerous stamens (between 12 and 20).

 

 

flower mignonette

 

mignonette plant

Ecology and other notes

Mignonette is found on waste ground, along footpaths and the margins of fields.  It is 'popular' with bees and butterflies.

In the past, a yellow dye was extracted from the plant.

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