Reseda alba, White mignonette, White upright mignonette,
Hebrew: רכפה לבנה, Arabic: البليحاء البيضاء

Scientific name:  Reseda alba L.
Common name:  White mignonette, White upright mignonette
Hebrew name:  רכפה לבנה
Arabic name:  البليحاء البيضاء
Family:  Resedaceae, רכפתיים

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Life form:  Annual
Leaves:  Alternate, rosette, dissected once, dentate or serrate
Flowers:  White
Flowering Period:   February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:   Med - Irano-Turanian
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Reseda, Latin resedare, "to assuage or calm," because of supposed sedative properties.
alba, "white, dead white; pale"; bright.
The Hebrew name: רכפה, richpa, Reseda is mentioned in the Mishnah as one of the plants that produce color: "And the species of dye, poa and richpa".
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.