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Nemesia is a small, bushy plant that flowers profusely in late spring and summer in shades of red, pink, white and purple. It is a long-flowering perennial is a charming addition to the summer garden. Flowering occurs mostly at the beginning of spring, but the flowering season can extend through summer to autumn. The seeds are produced in flat capsules. Nemesia is used mostly as a flowering bedding plant and as an ornamental pot plant. It can be treated as an annual and will self-seed if plants have been allowed to set seed before removal.
This species was discovered in Brazil near the ocean in shady sandy soil, so it is salt tolerant. Plants will grow in full sun but foliage color is best in light shade; water regularly. The best specimens seem to be in moist, well drained soil in locations with morning sun and some shade in the afternoon. Their fertilizer requirements are modest. Clumps may be divided but propagation from fresh seed is easy and fairly fast. Plants mature to flowering size from seed in less than a year. Cold hardy only to about 30F.
Variety Regina was introduced by Sid Gardino, and named after his wife, Regina.
It has short lived ivory flowers with reddish-brown transverse bars on the claw. The delicate flowers last only a day but the plant continues to form new blooms for long periods of time during late spring months. Makes also an excellent houseplant. This is not a water Iris, be careful not to overwater. Neomarica gracilis is a type of walking Iris. Once the flower is spent, the stem that it was born on lays to the ground and from that a new plant is formed. For that reason it is said to be walking across your garden. You can divide plants and plant them in new locations.
Neomarica gracilis grows best in moist, well-draining soil in areas with light to full shade but will also tolerate some sun as long as they receive adequate moisture.
Widely cultivated. The color of the center when flowering is variable from cerise to a deep crimson. It has lavender flowers deep in the cup. Tolerant of dry conditions but likes to be watered in its cup. Mist on hot dry days.
The flowers are white, finely spotted with purple and tubular shaped. The scent of the plant has a stimulating effect on cats.
Taken as a hot infusion, Catnip promotes sweating and is beneficial for colds, flus, fevers, and infectious childhood diseases. It is soothing to the nervous system and calming to the stomach.