DESCRIPTION: This well branched, mounded variety produces volumes of wonderful, large butter yellow flowers with gold lower lips and dark purple blotches all season long; great for beds, borders, or...
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DESCRIPTION: This well branched, mounded variety produces volumes of wonderful, large butter yellow flowers with gold lower lips and dark purple blotches all season long; great for beds, borders, or containers

BOTANICAL NAME: Nemesia 'Nesia Sunshine'
GROUP/CLASS: Nesia Series
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 25 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 30 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Butter yellow with gold lower lips and dark purple blotches
FLOWERING TIME: Spring to fall
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Green
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Butterflies

Ornamental Features

Nesia™ Sunshine Nemesia features dainty spikes of lightly-scented buttery yellow pea-like flowers with yellow overtones, gold eyes and a deep purple blotch at the ends of the stems from late spring to late summer. Its small serrated pointy leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

Nesia™ Sunshine Nemesia is a dense herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Nesia™ Sunshine Nemesia is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Nesia™ Sunshine Nemesia will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. 

Nesia™ Sunshine Nemesia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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