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A naturalised wildflower with extremely fragrant, long, slender, wavering spires holding tufted primrose flower heads. Traditionally grown for use as a natural dye, alongside woad and madder, weld was also grown for the sweet honey scent of its flowers which the Victorians used in arrangements and perfumery to cover up unsavoury smells. Pollinated by bees and butterflies, they are excellent plants for attracting wildlife.

Genus Reseda
Group/Species luteola
Type Biennial or Short-lived Perennial
Common Name Weld
Border Position Cutting Garden
Soil Type Alkaline - Neutral
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow direct May-July, where they are to flower. Make sure the ground is weed free and work the soil to a fine tilth. Sow thinly on the surface as light is required for germination. Seeds should germinate as the soil warms up the following spring. Thin seedlings to a final spacing of 30cm (12in).
Care Tips Requires little aftercare except watering during dry spells. May require support. Will self-seed freely, remove seedheads if you do not want it to spread.
Flowering June-September, the following year from sowing.
Vase Life Strip the bottom leaves and then sear stem ends in boiling water for 10 seconds. Leave in cool water, ideally overnight before arranging.
Harvesting Flowers June-September, the following year from sowing. Will self-sow.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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