Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Reseda odorata L. var. frutescens Ker.

See Reseda odorata L.  Frutescens is a shrubby variety growing to 60cm introduced from Egypt also in 1752.  [RHSD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This plant does not appear to differ from the common Mignonette, unless that the stems are shrubby, but it is known that if the common Mignonette were left as a green-house plant, and trained up in the same way, it would also become shrubby.’  [Don].  ‘The Mignonette is one of the plants whose unassuming little flowers never weary our sight. […] Hence it is but a natural desire that we should wish to give an annual plant a perennial existence, which has, in great measure, been accomplished, since the odorous Tree Mignonette is now frequently to be met with, and which was at first supposed to have been a different variety when Lady Whitshed introduced it from Liege about the year 1816, and who received it from M. L’Abbé L’Arbaleste of that city.  [Flora Historica quoted in FC p.224/1850].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.207/1845].


Published Feb 15, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Last updated Jul 30, 2010 - 04:51 PM

Family Resedaceae
Region of origin

North Africa

Common Name

Shrubby Mignonette

Name in the Camden Park Record

Reseda frutescens 

Confidence level high