Nemesia


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Nemesia
Common Name: Nemesia
Botanical Name: Nemesia spp. (ne-MEE-zee-a)
Decorative Life: Can last 4-6 weeks depending on garden environment.
Harvest Instructions: Treating plants with AVG, an ethylene synthesis inhibitor, helped maintain the plants in a vegetative state such that cuttings could be produced.
Family Roots:
  • As a member of the Scrophulariaceae (figwort family), some of its common relatives include foxglove, Veronica, Penstemon and Calceolaria.
  • Native to mostly South Africa.
Personality:
  • Flowers are flat, less than 1 inch across, in sprays at stem ends. This species produces many flowers under many growing conditions. It is a day neutral plant.
  • Stems are leafy, to 12 inches tall, plant is classed as a dicotyledon.
  • N. fruticans has vanilla-scented flowers while other species vary in their flower fragrances.
Availability: Year-round when grown as a pot plant.
Flower Color: White, yellow, purple, blue.
Storage Specifics: Should be stored at 50F.
Tidbits:
  • Many species in this 3000 plus species family are grown for ornamental and medicinal purposes including slipperwort, speedwell, mullein, bearded-tongue, foxglove, snapdragon, toadflax, monkey-flower, cape-fuchsia, coral-plant and blue-lips.
  • Nemesia was a name used by Dioscorides. N. strumosa is the most common garden species.
  • Some favorite cultivars and their respective flower colors include 'Compact Innocence' (white) and 'Blue Bird'. Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light (up to filtered full sunlight) would be better.