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Bluebird Nemesia fruticans

(9 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
12" 18"
Height
10 - 12"
Spread
12 - 18"
  • Details

    Features

    I eat SUNLIGHT for breakfast.

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

    Award Winner
    Fall Interest
    Deadheading Not Necessary

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    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
  • 9 Reviews

    • 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.

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

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

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

      ruth sholtz
      California
      United States
      8 years ago
      Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    • 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!

      Linda
      Michigan
      United States
      8 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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.

      Pam
      Indiana
      United States
      8 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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.

      Patricia Kokke
      Mississippi
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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.

      Lauren Verno
      Colorado
      United States
      8 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
  • 11 Awards

    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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