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Nemesia is a charming cool-season annual with pretty little snapdragon-shape flowers -- often fragrant -- that bloom in a wide range of colors. It does best in spring and fall (winter in mild-winter climates), though some varieties have better heat-tolerance than others. In cool-summer areas, such as the Pacific Northwest, nemesia will continue to bloom right through the summer into fall. Nemesia prefers moist, well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter.
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'Aromatica True Blue' nemesia
Nemesia 'Aromatica True Blue' bears fragrant soft-blue flowers on 14-inch-tall plants.
'Candy Girl' nemesia
Nemesia 'Candy Girl' bears soft-pink flowers on compact, 12-inch-tall plants.
'Lemon Mist' nemesia
Nemesia 'Lemon Mist' is a recent selection with purple-and-white flowers blotched in yellow. It blooms profusely in spring and fall, and it grows 7 inches tall and wide.
'Opal Innocence' nemesia
Nemesia 'Opal Innocence' offers fragrant lavender-gray flowers during the cool seasons of spring and fall. It grows 16 inches tall and 8 inches wide.
'Safari Violet Rose' nemesia
Nemesia 'Safari Violet Rose' bears violet-pink flowers on 14-inch-tall plants.
'Serengeti Red' nemesia
Nemesia 'Serengeti Red' is an especially eye-catching selection with deep-red flowers. It grows 10 inches tall.
'Serengeti Sunset' nemesia
Nemesia 'Serengeti Sunset' shows off red flowers streaked in yellow, orange, and pink. It grows 14 inches tall.
'Serengeti Upright Purple' nemesia
Nemesia 'Serengeti Upright Purple' offers lovely purple flowers. It grows 14 inches tall.
'Serengeti Upright Violet + White' nemesia
Nemesia 'Serengeti Upright Violet + White' offers lovely violet-purple flowers marked with white. It grows 14 inches tall.
'Sunsatia Cranberry' nemesia
Nemesia 'Sunsatia Cranberry' bears bold red flowers on plants that trail to 36 inches over the side of a container or basket.
'Sunsatia Pear' nemesia
Nemesia Sunsatia Pear is a frost-tolerant selection that bears white flowers marked with orange. It grows 18 inches tall.
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