Mignonette (Reseda odorata), also known as machet, is an old-fashioned annual that reaches about 18 inches tall in bloom, with upright to somewhat sprawling stems. Though the small flowers are interesting up close, this is not a plant you grow for eye candy: instead, you’ll enjoy it for its delicious fragrance. It’s been described in many ways, but to me, it smells exactly like Dr. Pepper. You’ll get occasional whiffs of it in the garden; for easier sniffing, include it in a large container (with showier companions) on a deck or patio, or snip a few stems to put in a small vase indoors.
Be aware that some seeds sold as Reseda odorata may not produce fragrant flowers. I have grown several generations of these seeds and they always have been scented for me, so I know they are the true species. Apparently the strength of the perfume can vary in different weather conditions, though, and possibly even the genetics of the person doing the sniffing—just so you know! Full sun for best growth. Annual.
Collected starting in mid July 2022. At least 20 seeds.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.