Etymology: Reseda: from the Latin resedare, "to assuage or calm," because of supposed sedative properties
Plants: erect to drooping, biennial/perennial, up to 32" tall, smooth forb; stems widely branched; taprooted
Leaves: alternate, irregularly pinnately-divided
Flowers: green/yellow, 6-parted, irregularly-shaped, usually 6 unequal petals, the upper petals largest and often with a projection near the base, the side petals getting progressively smaller; inflorescence a dense, conical, terminal cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms June-Sept.
Habitat: disturbed areas, pastures, prairies
Conservation Status: Introduced - locally established
Flora of North America: Flora of North America USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key