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Nemesia

Nemesia fruticans

Weeskindertjies(Afr.)

Nemesia is a genus of more than 70 annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs which are native to sandy coasts areas or rockeries. Numerous hybrids have been selected, and the annual cultivars are popular with gardeners as bedding plants flowering from Spring into summer. The beautiful flower remind of orchids or snapdragons with 2 lips and a spur.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in spring or autumn for spring flowering container or bedding plants.
Cuttings
Take tip cuttings of non-flowering shoots from perennial species in late summer or eaarly spring.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees
Pot plant
Make good container plants, place in sunny position and provide good drainage.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, coastal regions from Namibia to the Eastern Cape.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Scrophulariaceae
Flower colour
Yellow, pink, blue, purple, orange, red, white and bicolours.
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to root rots, ensure sufficient drainage.

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