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Opal Innocence® Nemesia fruticans

  • Hardy Zones
    • 9 - 10
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 10 - 16 Inches
Proven Winners® Annuals
Opal Innocence® Nemesia fruticans
Part Sun to Sun 10 - 16

Features

I come from VERY good stock.

Wonderful pastel-colored flowers appear spring to fall; sweet fragrance

Award Winner
Fragrant Flower
Fall Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary

Characteristics

Plant Type: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
10 - 16 Inches
Spacing: 
8 - 10 Inches
Spread: 
8 - 10 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Purple
Flower Shade: 
Lavender
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: 
9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Water Category: 
Average
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Average Soil
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Use in mixed containers, beds and hanging baskets

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.

My Flower Color Consultant says I'm an Iridescent Spring (rosy-pink/creamy ivory/lavender). I also have summer and a touch of fall in my personal palette, which means I'm seasonly sympatico in all three. According to my scent therapist; sweetly fruity with vanilla grace notes best describes my fragrance profile.

Did I already mention my upright, 12 -16 inch height, continuously bountiful blooming nature, and self-cleaning behavior? Or that I'm happy in sun to part shade? How about frost and heat tolerance?

I realize there are lots of Nemesias out there that would give their right branches to work in your garden beds and containers on an annual basis (except in zones 9 - 10). So please, check my references:

2006
Best New Varieties: Cedar Rapids Parks Department
Leader of the Pack Early/Late/and Summer Season: North Carolina State
Top Cool Season Annual: University of Tennessee
Top New Varieties: Penn State
Top New Variety: Cedar Rapids Parks Department
Top Performer: Michigan State University
Top Performers: Cedar Rapids Parks Department

2007
Top Rated Performer: Cedar Rapids Parks Department

Opal Innocence® Nemesia fruticans 'Fleurame' USPP 17,035, Can PBRAF
  • First timer in 2018.
    So far so good.
    Tried Nemesia before and was disappointed by how frail and fragile they were.
    Opal is a winner so far and has a pleasant fragrance as well.
    Definitely would recommend as it is doing well early on.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Matthew Lamb
    Frederick
    Maryland
    United States
    1 year ago
  • This is my 1st time growing this plant and I love it! It's late July here and it survived a late frost in May and has been blooming ever since. No deadheading and more beautiful each month. It's growing in the ground. Can't detect a scent but that's minor compared to how well it grows.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Shirley Martin
    HARRISBURG
    Pennsylvania
    United States
    2 years ago
  • This is my 1st time growing this plant and I love it! It's late July here and it survived a late frost in May and has been blooming ever since. No deadheading and more beautiful each month. It's growing in the ground. Can't detect a scent but that's minor compared to how well it grows.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Shirley Martin
    HARRISBURG
    Pennsylvania
    United States
    2 years ago
  • Blooms the entire summer and fall. I wish it was a perennial! Hope I can find them again next spring.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Mary McCoy
    Sioux City
    Iowa
    United States
    3 years ago
  • Very pretty, dainty flowers, lightly scented, I think you would need to plant several of these together to get a stronger scent.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Jennifer Winship
    Vernon
    British Columbia
    Canada
    4 years ago
  • Mine have reseeded over a few years in a flower box with Miracle Gro Moisture Control potting soil. This year I let them grow in the garden below, and they're doing fine. Some plants didn't make it under last winter's deep snow that was present almost all winter, but these come up from seeds in the spring, no matter what winter was like. I don't remember any pests nor diseases, either.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Sharon Sivertsen
    Grayslake
    Illinois
    United States
    5 years ago
  • Smells wonderful!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Carolyn Quick
    Ely
    Minnesota
    United States
    5 years ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    RFO
    Albuquerque
    New Mexico
    United States
    5 years ago
  • A beautiful flowering contained in an oblong trough on our apartment terrace facing south.mid-summer now but will have to shift it to face south east against the west wall of the terrace so hopefully it will survive the balance of summer and into autumn.Gets regular watering with "thrive" plant food so I hope all goes well.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Peter andrews
    North shore
    Auckland
    New Zealand
    5 years ago
  • Lovely color and delicate appeal. Will plant again!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Jean F
    Columbia Falls
    Montana
    United States
    5 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2006 Top New Varieties Penn State
2006 Top Performer Michigan State University
2006 Top Performer Michigan State University
2006 Top Performer Michigan State University
2006 Top Performer Michigan State University
2006 Top New Varieties Penn State
2006 Top New Varieties Penn State
2006 Top New Varieties Penn State
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