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Reseda luteola

A naturalised wildflower with extremely fragrant, long slender, wavering spires holding tufted primrose flower heads.
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500 seeds

5 jumbo seedlings

10 jumbo seedlings

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Details:

Type
Biennial or Short-lived Perennial
Position
Cutting Garden
Soil
Neutral - Alkaline
Flowers
June-September, the following year from sowing.
Height
1.2m (4ft)
Group/Species
luteola
Common name
Weld
Moisture
Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
30cm (12in)
Cultivation
Sow direct May-July, where they are to flower. 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.

Description

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.

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.