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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

42. Wild Mignonette
(Reseda lutea L.)

42. Wild Mignonette

Dry soil is favoured by the wild mignonette and it is not uncommon on the chalk downs. It is related to the garden mignonette but is a taller and stiffer plant and the flowers are scentless. It has a deep tap-root and erect branching stems up to about three feet high. The leaves are deeply and irregularly lobed, or sometimes pinnate. Those at the base have often withered away by the time the conical racemes of greenish-yellow flowers appear.