The Dyer’s Rocket (Reseda luteola) is a flowering, herbaceous plant in the Resedaceae family. It is also known as Dyer’s Weed and Yellow Weed. It is used for the natural bright yellow dye called weld.
It is native to Europe and western Asia.
It grows to 40-130 centimetres (16-51 inches) tall.
The leaves, up to 15 centimetres (6 inches) long, start as a rosette at ground level, then spiral up the stem.
The flowers are produced in a slender spike. Each flower is very small, measuring less than a centimetre (0.39 inch) in diameter. The flowers are yellow, with six petals.
The fruit is a small dry capsule containing several seeds.
The Dyer’s Rocket blooms from April to September in the Northern Hemisphere.
Photographed in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris, France, September 2023
Photographer: Martina Nicolls