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Bluebird Nemesia fruticans

  • Hardy Zones
    • 8 - 10
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 10 - 12 Inches
Proven Winners
Bluebird Nemesia fruticans
Part Sun to Sun 10 - 12

Features

I eat SUNLIGHT for breakfast.

Clove-scented blue flowers all season; excellent for early spring

Award Winner
Fall Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
10 - 12 Inches
Spacing: 
8 - 10 Inches
Spread: 
12 - 18 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Blue
Flower Colors: 
Purple
Flower Shade: 
Blue-Purple
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Filler

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Planting To Hard Frost
Hardiness Zones: 
8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Water Category: 
Average
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Average Soil
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Use in hanging baskets, window boxes, landscaping and combinations

Maintenance Notes: 

Self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary. Plants may be trimmed back with a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears at anytime, although this is not usually necessary. Plants may flush out of flower if night temperatures begin to stay in the upper 70's or above. If this happens a light trim to shape them would be good. The trim will increase branching and will result in more flowers once the temperatures fall and the plants begin flowering again.

A yearly application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

Bluebird Nemesia fruticans 'Hubbird' USPP 12,014, Can 1,634
  • Looked beautiful, prolific bloomer, bright colors BUT...after relentless rain for 3 weeks in June, the plants I had in partial shade succumbed to stem rot. I have to give them credit, they really tried to tough it out and put out one last big batch of flowers, but, alas, were feeding millipedes by mid July and had to be pulled. I noticed that out of four colors I tried- red, blue, white & all four did great in the sun (probably because the soil could dry out a little between rainstorms.) The ones in part shade died in the following order (with a week or two in between) blue, yellow/blue bicolor, white, red. It wasn't anything I did, as "Grower information" states the following: "A well drained soil mix is required to produce consistently high quality plants with minimal or no losses. Sunsatia Nemesia does not perform well if grown in a constantly saturated soil mix. Root systems will not expand, root and stem rots can occur, and eventually plant collapse and rot will develop if kept too wet." So, yeah. I would definitely try again for the colors alone! I know if we get too much rain they will die, even in potting soil (which they were in this year) but I'd be willing to take the chance, as long as all of the plants were in full sun.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Laura
    Pittsburgh
    Pennsylvania
    United States
    11 weeks ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Russell Studebaker
    Florida
    United States
    7 years ago
  • Prolific blooms, Little care needed, Great for pots.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Dave H
    Illinois
    United States
    7 years ago
  • I love this plane. Low Maintenance, Loves the sun, just water everyday.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    patricia carneal
    Virginia
    United States
    7 years ago
  • poor in midsummer high heat and full sun in high desert

    Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    ruth sholtz
    California
    United States
    7 years ago
  • I loved this plant. Performed very well all summer. I had this in a container on my deck and had bluebird nemesia, marguerite daisies, light yellow calibachoa and some tall bright pink snapdragons. It was gorgeous!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Linda
    Michigan
    United States
    7 years ago
  • This was easy to care for, and was a real trouper - looked as good at the end of the summer as it did at the beginning! Lasted well into the fall. I just picked it for a quick bit of color when I was expecting guests, but I'll get it again.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Pam
    Indiana
    United States
    7 years ago
  • I planted this in a pot with a red rose and it was a beautiful combination. It has wintered pretty well considering the pot it wintered in was not where it was planted. It rooted in it.

    I have recommended this plant to many people. And have even sold it to customers while I was plant shopping.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Patricia Kokke
    Mississippi
    United States
    7 years ago
  • This was the first season I planted "Blue Bird". I was looking for some colorful annual filler plants for my perennial garden. I live at 8,650 feet elevation which is a gardening challenge and this plant was AMAZING! It surived hot, cold, hail, snow, dry spells and rain with perpetual blooms all season. As of yesterday, October 20, 2007, all of the plants were still full of blooms even after an early season snow. I will definitely plant more of these next year.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Lauren Verno
    Colorado
    United States
    7 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2008 Best of Breed for Winter North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2008 Best of Breed for Winter North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2008 Best of Breed for Winter North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2003 One of the Best Penn State
2003 Top Performer Michigan State University
2003 One of the Best Penn State
2003 One of the Best Penn State
2003 Top Performer Michigan State University
2003 One of the Best Penn State
2003 Top Performer Michigan State University
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