Nemesia (plant)

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Nemesia Sunsatia Banana.jpg
Nemesia 'Sunsatia Banana' is an ornamental hybrid cultivar
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Tribe: Hemimerideae[1]
Genus: Nemesia
Vent. (year?), Bot. Phan.[1]

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 the annual cultivars are usually treated as half-hardy bedding plants, sown 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 cultivar 'Innocence', a low-growing bushy perennial with white flowers, has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]

Species include:[5]

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  1. ^ a b "genus Nemesia Vent.". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) online database. Retrieved June 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ Pienaar, Kristo (2003). The South African What flower is that?. Struil. ISBN 1868724417. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Nemesia 'Innocence'". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "African plants database". Retrieved 2008-06-09.