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PlantFiles: Nemesia
Nemesia fruticans 'Blue Bird'

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nemesia (ne-MEE-see-uh) (Info)
Species: fruticans (FROO-tih-kanz) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Bird
Additional cultivar information: (PP12014; aka Bluebird, Hubbird)
Hybridized by Hubbard; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2001

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jfelker On Oct 23, 2012, jfelker from Memphis, TN wrote:

I love this plant and it seems to bloom all year round here in Memphis TN. At one point when the weather was extremely hot I thought it had died when it turned brown. But then it came right back. It is in a clay pot out front. Our home faces North. It seems to want to hang over the pot, but that looks good too. The tiny blooms are such a great shade of blue.

Positive LeslieT On Feb 28, 2010, LeslieT from Bellaire, TX wrote:

This is one of my favorite annuals! However, either it didn't get the memo about being an annual OR it re-seeded itself because I've had it persist over several seasons in my Bellaire garden when planted in really well-draining soil. I have two faux-stone (concrete-like) English planters in which it's hard to keep anything growing through a Houston summer. Nemesia made it through by seeming to go dormant, but reappearing once the weather cooled down. It was too thick to really tell if this was via seeding or IF the roots simply went dormant. It also persisted in the driest part of one of my beds. It's really hard to get this plant in November which is the best time to get it into the ground my Zone 9b garden.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Garberville, California
San Jose, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Memphis, Tennessee
Bellaire, Texas
Garland, Texas

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