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Nemesia spp.

Nemesia Sunsatia Banana by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size







    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Nemesia Overview

    A genus in the Scrophulariaceae (figwort) family native to South Africa where they inhabit disturbed or sandy habitats. They can be annuals, perennials or bushy subshrubs with simple leaves and two-lipped, lobed flowers that resemble those of the viola family. They are popular as bedding plants in the garden and there are many cultivars available, bred for a diversity of flower colours and plant form. They are often treated as half-hardy annuals in temperate regions.

    Common problems with Nemesia

    How to propagate Nemesia


    You can propagate by seeds sown under glass in the early spring or autumn.

    Other uses of Nemesia

    Summer bedding, window boxes, containers and greenhouse plants. Multi-coloured blooms are easily grown. With an OPALS rating of 2, Nemesia strumosa are a good choice to include in a low allergen garden.

    OPALS - Ogren Plant Allergy Scale

    Plants with a very low potential to cause allergic reactions (1 to 3 rating)

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    Flowers - Sow Under Cover in September

    Thinking ahead to next year - sow these seeds for early spring and summer colour.

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