Reseda Species, Dyer's Rocket, Dyer's Broom, European Mignonette, Weld, Yellow Wee

Reseda luteola

Family: Resedaceae
Genus: Reseda (res-EE-duh) (Info)
Species: luteola (loo-tee-OH-la) (Info)
Synonym:Reseda crispata
Synonym:Reseda dimerocarpa
Synonym:Reseda gussonei
Synonym:Reseda pseudovirens





Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:




24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 1: below -45.6 C (-55 F)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 10, 2014, Boondoggler from Klamath Falls, OR wrote:


On Aug 5, 2011, DMersh from Perth,
United Kingdom (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've seen this growing on pure chalk rubble in an old quarry, it can clearly tolerate very poor soil as well as strongly alkaline conditions.


On Mar 7, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the oldest yellow dye plant in the world. It is again gaining popularity as an organic dye.


On Jan 17, 2005, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Biennial to 5', stems hollow, little branched; leaves entire, basal leaves narrowly oblanceolate, to 3" long, stem leaves narrowly oblong; racemes dense; sepals and petals usually 4, stamens 20-25; capsule 3-lobed nearly to middle, to 1/4" long.

A frequent biennial weed of mineral soils on rubbish dumps and disturbed ground; especially abundant in old limestone quarries. The plant is tall with a long spike of small yellow flowers and with narrow wavy-edged leaves.

Formerly cultivated as a source of a deep yellow dye; occasionally planted in collections of economic plants.

Naturalized in the United States. The root of this plant is conical, and resembles in taste and odor the garden radish. It contains allyl-sulphocyanate a volatile oil of mustar... read more