Herb: Mignonette


Latin name: Reseda odorata


Family: Resedaceae (Mignonette Family)



Medicinal use of Mignonette:

The acrid root is diaphoretic, diuretic and laxative. The seed is applied externally as a resolvent.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual/Perennial


Height:
45 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
June to
October


Scent:
Scented
Annual/Perennial

Habitat of the herb:

a common weed, it also grows amongst rocks.

Other uses of Mignonette:

An essential oil is obtained from the flowers. Used in perfumery. 1200 Kg of flowers yields 350gr absolute. A yellow dye is obtained from the plant.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow in situ in the spring and only lightly cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. An autumn sowing usually succeeds in areas where winter temperatures do not fall below about -10C.

Cultivation of Mignonette:

a common weed, it also grows amongst rocks.

Known hazards of Reseda odorata:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.