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Reseda luteola

Dyer's weld

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.5m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourYellowish green
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Reseda luteola (Dyer's weld). The species produces an upright spikes with yellow flowers. STEM: Upright, ribbed, hollow, hardly branched. ROOT: Tap-root. HAIRS: More or less hairless. STIPULES: Present with sticky hairs. LEAF-STALK: Only on some upper leaves. BRACTS: Present FLOWER STALK: 0.1cm SEPALS: 4, remaining in fruit. PETALS: 3-5, mostly 4, front petal slender, others cut into 3 or more lobes. STAMENS: 20-25 STIGMA: 3 OVARY: 1, 1-celled. SEEDS: 3-8, rounded.

Characteristics

Biennial, Herbaceous

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, as a yellow dye.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

You will need to plant in full sun or partial-shade in well-drained, fertile, preferably alkaline soil. Propagation is from seeds in late winter.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds sown outdoors in the spring or early autumn to late winter.

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