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NOMENCLATURE:Traditionally most of the cultivars are placed under N. strumosa. Some consider N. fruticans to be correct for N. strumosa but this does not seem warranted to date. Some of them are probably hybrids to N. versicolor. A good taxonomic review of the modern cultivars is in order, particularly as they are such useful and increasingly popular plants.

 

Nemesia AROMATICA™

ht: 14 in tall x 12 in. wide
ff: highly scented
variants:

Nemesia 'Amelie'

ns: a listed name c. 2002. Description needed.

Nemesia capensis 'Columbine'

fc: light lavender pink
ft: spurs very long
or: Monterey Bay Nursery
so:
Monterey Bay Nursery

Nemesia capensis 'Cotton Candy'

fc: light pink
fq: floriferous
or: Monterey Bay Nursery
so:
Monterey Bay Nursery

Nemesia capensis 'Luminary'

fc: violet-rose-red
fq: floriferous
or: Monterey Bay Nursery
so:
Monterey Bay Nursery

Nemesia capensis 'Raspberry Ripple'

fc: light violet (lavender violet later in season) becoming near white with age - two tone effect
in: Monterey Bay Nursery 2000
so:
Monterey Bay Nursery

Nemesia foetens 'Pallida'

ht: 2-3 in.
fc: light blue to light lavender-pink, varying somewhat - the Latin 'Pallida' means pale
ff: nicely scented
ch: 9
so:
Thompson & Morgan

Nemesia 'Fragrant Cloud' (N. denticulata x ?)

ht: 45cm tall x 45cm wide
ha: mounded, compact
fc: pink and white, yellow throat
fc: richly scented
ch: cold hardy in parts of the UK - not a tender annual a N. strumosa
or: Richard Blenkinship, Orchard Nurseries, Lincs. UK before 2000

Nemesia 'Sky Blue Lagoon' (8/4)

click image
AAS Trial Garden, JC Raulston Arboretum. August 2004. A very pretty color and very different.

ht: 8-12 in. tall
lc: light blue, lacking any pink or purplish tints

Nemesia strumosa 'Blue Bird'

ha: trailing, useful in containers or baskets
fc: bright purplish-blue, tiny yellow and white center
pat: US PPAF
lu: proven very heat tolerant in trials

Nemesia strumosa 'Compact Innocence'

ht: 9-12 in.
fc: white, tiny yellow center for contrast
ff: light sweet scent
fd: smaller than 'Innocence' but so floriferous one has no complaints
pat: US PPAF

Nemesia strumosa 'Compacta'

ht: 6-9 in.
ha: compact, smaller
ns: named strains such as the following are preferrable.

Nemesia strumosa 'Funfair'

ht: 9 in.
fc: mixed blend of brighter colors without "duller lilac, blues, and browny-red"
so:
Thompson & Morgan

Nemesia strumosa 'Georgina'

fc: lavender blue
so: seen in the UK trade. Not sold in N. America as far as we know (2002)

Nemesia strumosa 'Innocence'

fc: white, yellow center
fd: larger than 'Comnpact Innocence' but otherwise very similar

Nemesia strumosa 'Joan Wilder'

fc: mauve to violet-blue, yellow center

Nemesia strumosa 'KLM'

ht: 10 in.
fc: upper petals blue, lower petals creamy-white for a bicolor effect
fd: smaller than most hybrids
ns: it is named for the blue and white colors of KLM, the national airline of Holland
so:
Thompson & Morgan

Nemesia strumosa MELLO RED AND WHITE®

ht: 8 in.
fc: red upper petals, white lower petals, a shocking bicolor
so:
Thompson & Morgan

Nemesia strumosa 'Mello White'

fc: all petals white, not bicolored
tm: the trademark symbol does not appear in the T&M catalog it does for the red and white
so:
Thompson & Morgan

Nemesia strumosa 'Natonal Ensign'

ht: 9-12 in.
fc: dark red and white, bicolor

Nemesia strumosa 'Orange Prince' ('Nana Compacta Orange Prince')

ht: 7-9 in.
ha: compact dwarf
fc; bright orange
so:
Thompson & Morgan

Nemesia strumosa 'Sachet' series

cultivars:

Nemesia 'Safari Violet Rose' (8/4)
click image
JC Raulston Arboretum. August 2004.

fc: upper lip purplish-pink, the lower one closer to a true pink, bicolor effect is not visible from a distance.

Nemesia strumosa 'Tapestry'

ht: 10 in.
fc: mixed blkend of yellow, cream, lilac, mauve, reddish, and tawny-gold colors, some
fc: with darker center, yellow cenrters, or contrasting reddish venation.
so:
Thompson & Morgan

Nemesia strumosa 'Triumph Red'

ht: 8-10 in.
fc: rich red
bt: earlier blooming from seed
so:
Thompson & Morgan

Nemesia strumosa 'Woodstock'

ht: 15-18 in. - taller than most of the modern Compacta types
fc; dark blue, yellow center

Nemesia versicolor 'Blue Gem'

ht: 8-10 in.
fc: rich blue, small but conspicuous white center
so:
Thompson & Morgan