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Nemesia frutescens 'Blue Bird'

Blue-Purple w/ Yellow Eye

Blue Bird has unique blue-purple blooms with a yellow eye, and is bred by Proven Winners. This variety has a spread of 8-10 inches, requiring a space of 8-10 inches to properly grow, and has an optimal height of 10-12 inches. The ability to thrive in full or part sun, complement many other plants or flowers, or simply stand alone make it a great choice for your home and garden.

Height: 10-12 Inches

Spread: 8-10 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 8 - 11

Color: Blue/Purple

Interesting Notes:

Nemesia is an upright, warm weather annual and tender perennial. Most produce clusters of cheerful two-lipped flowers that often have contrasting throats, beards, or veins. Plants in the Angelart Series bear an abundance of sweetly fragrant flowers in colorful shades. The compact bushy plants have toothed oval medium-green leaves. Nemesias are wonderfully small to medium sized annuals or perennials from South Africa. These flowers dislike heat and humidity and are best in moderate temperatures, flowering nearly year round in mild climates.

Blue Bird has unique blue-purple blooms with a yellow eye, and is bred by Proven Winners. The breeder for Nemesia Blue Bird is Proven Winners. It is commonly used for mass planting in the garden, or featured in hanging baskets and container combinations. The taller and fuller varieties also go nicely as mixed fillers in the garden. Nemesia grows best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil, and is a full to partial sun exposure flower. Unique characteristics of Nemesia include a profuse flowering habit, producing a wonderful fragrance attractive to pollinators. Nemesia thrives in the heat, is easy to grow, and will bloom all season long. Key features of Nemesia include frost tolerance and no deadheading required. 

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage is very important. Look for rich green foliage and vibrant flowers as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you, and a long life for your plant.

After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Nemesia is a full sun annual that thrives in the heat. The best time for planting your flower is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plant safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. Nemesia will last from late spring, through the summer, until the finish of fall. They are good pioneer plants in the garden, until other plants become more established.

Nemesia Blue Bird is a low maintenance plant with a good heat tolerance. Water application a few times a week is recommended, and fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant’s main stem, avoiding wetting the plant’s foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. Nemesia requires a good moisture level but must be well drained. It is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level. 

These beauties will continuously bloom all season. While the plant does not require deadheading, if your plants start to look messy, feel free to trim them back to keep them tight and well shaped. After pinching back, your plant should begin to bloom again within 1–2 weeks. As with any plant, the best care can be provided by regularly attending to your gardens.

Preparing the ground for your plants is always an important key to maintaining healthy plants. Pests like slugs and snails are attracted to the environment created in flower gardens and landscaping. Prevention of these types of pests includes clearing the area of holes where such pests can live. Aphids and thrips may also pose a threat to your Nemesia, but are usually taken care of by predator insects. These tiny pests usually hide on the underside of leaves and are difficult to see because of their small size.

The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Some insects may lay their eggs on your plant’s leaves in order to feed on the pests, which is actually beneficial to your flower. Removal of the wrong eggs could potentially promote pest survival and growth.  Nemesia flowers attract bees and butterflies, adding a touch of beauty to your garden while promoting pollination and plant growth.

Characteristics & Attributes:


Attracts Wildlife:

  • Butterflies

Attributes:

  • Fragrant
  • No Deadheading
  • Frost Tolerant

Design Use:

  • Mass Planting
  • Woodland Edge
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Ground Cover
  • Filler
  • Edging
  • Container
  • Window Boxes
  • Border

Exposure:

  • Full Sun / Part Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Mid Green

Habit:

  • Upright Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Well Drained
  • Moist
  • Average