Nemesia (plant)

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'Sunsatia Banana'
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Tribe: Hemimerideae
Genus: Nemesia
Vent. (year?), Bot. Phan.[1]
’Fleurie Blue’

Nemesia is a genus of annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs which are native to sandy coasts or disturbed ground[2] in South Africa. Numerous hybrids have been selected, and the annual cultivars are popular with gardeners as bedding plants.[3] In temperate regions they are usually treated as half-hardy, grown from seed in heat, and planted out after all danger of frost has passed.

The flowers are two-lipped, with the upper lip consisting of four lobes and the lower lip two lobes.[2]

The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit:-[4]

  • Blue Cloud = ‘Penblue’[5]
  • ‘Innocence’[6]
  • Melanie = ‘Fleuron’[7]
  • Nemesia denticulata[8]


Species include:[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "genus Nemesia Vent". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) online database. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  3. ^ Pienaar, Kristo (2003). The South African What flower is that?. Struil. ISBN 1868724417.
  4. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 66. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  5. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Nemesia Blue Cloud = 'Penblue'". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  6. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Nemesia 'Innocence'". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  7. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Nemesia Melanie = 'Fleuron'". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  8. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Nemesia denticulata". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  9. ^ "African plants database". Retrieved 2008-06-09.