This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
The characters as above. There are several species occasionally seen in cultivation, but none of them have much to recommend them except the fragrant species. Name from resedo, in allusion to its reputed medicinal qualities. There are two native biennial species, R. Luteola, Weld, and R. lutea, the former with entire, and the latter with lobed leaves.
1. R. odorata, Mignonette. - This favourite plant is too well known to need description. It is believed to have originally come from Asia Minor or Egypt. As an out-door plant it is annual with us, but in the south and grown under glass it is perennial, though of short duration. There are several improved varieties in cultivation.