E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Reseda alba L.
white mignonette (white upright mignonette)
Resedaceae (Mignonette family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Robert Flogaus-Faust  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #81106)

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Species Information

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Annual or biennial herb from a branched taproot; stems erect, branched above, smooth, 30-100 cm tall.
Basal leaves reduced; stem leaves alternate, 6-10 cm long, uniformly pinnatifid from the base of the blade with 8-22, paired, linear-elliptic segments, margins minutely toothed and papery, smooth.
Inflorescence a terminal, spike-like raceme of numerous short-stalked flowers; petals 5-6, whitish to greenish-white, 4-6 mm long, shallowly to deeply 3-lobed, the central lobe narrower than the outer ones; sepals 5-6, 1/2 the length of the corolla; stamens 11-13.
Capsules, oblong, 10-13 mm long; seeds kidney-shaped, 1.2-1.4 mm long, finely pimpled, dull.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry fields and waste places; rare in SW BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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