Nemesia Nemesia Honey Dark Yellow (Honey Series)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
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Nemesia Honey Dark Yellow, part of the Honey Series, is a visually stunning plant which is loved for its vibrant and enchanting flowers. The blossoms of this Nemesia are notable for their rich, dark yellow hue that catches the eye and adds a splash of sunshine to any garden space. Each flower showcases a two-lipped form; the upper lip typically has four lobes, while the lower lip is broader with a voluptuous shape that is gracefully inviting. The petals often have delicate veins or a slight gradient of color that can give them depth and texture. The foliage of the Nemesia Honey Dark Yellow is equally attractive, forming a lush backdrop for the bright flowers. The leaves are generally lance-shaped or narrow ovals, with a soft, often slightly serrated edge. They cling to slender stems that arch gracefully, adding to the overall elegant presentation of the plant. The leaves' green hue is a fresh, verdant color that contrasts beautifully with the warm yellow of the flowers, creating a delightful play of color that can be visually soothing and stimulating at the same time. Together, the blooms and foliage of the Nemesia Honey Dark Yellow create a harmonious and cheerful display, ideal for garden borders, containers, or hanging baskets where the plant's beauty can be fully appreciated. Its appearance is a testament to the natural artistry found in garden flora, bringing a touch of wild charm and cultivated elegance to any space it inhabits.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Nemesia, Cape Jewels

    • Common names

      Nemesia Honey Dark Yellow (Honey Series).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Nemesia is generally not considered toxic to humans. However, as with any plant material, individual reactions can vary, and it is always advisable to avoid ingesting parts of ornamental plants due to the potential for unforeseen allergic reactions or gastrointestinal upset. Ingestion of Nemesia parts is not commonly associated with poisonings, and there is limited information on specific symptoms. To ensure safety, alway keep ornamental plants out of reach of children who might accidentally ingest them.

    • To pets

      Nemesia is not typically known to be toxic to pets, such as cats and dogs. As with humans, individual pets can have varying sensitivities, and ingestion of plant material may lead to gastrointestinal upset or an allergic reaction in some animals. It is generally recommended to prevent pets from eating ornamental plants to avoid any potential issues. If a pet ingests Nemesia and exhibits unusual symptoms, it is best to consult with a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color

      Dark yellow

    • Height

      1 foot 6 inches (46 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Vibrant Color: Adds a pop of rich, yellow color to gardens and landscapes.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Invites beneficial insects like bees and butterflies to the garden, promoting pollination.
    • Long Blooming Season: Offers a long period of blooms from spring to fall, providing extended garden interest.
    • Ease of Growth: Adapts well to various conditions, making it suitable for both beginner and experienced gardeners.
    • Compact Size: Grows well in containers and small spaces due to its manageable size.
    • Versatility: Can be used in mixed flower beds, borders, containers, and as a ground cover.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, making it ideal for those with limited gardening time.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Nemesia can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, producing subtle hues and colors when the flowers are processed correctly.
    • In garden design, Nemesia is an excellent choice for creating a monochromatic garden, providing a gradient of yellow tones that can be visually striking.
    • These flowers can be pressed and included in personalized stationery or bookmarks, adding an elegant, organic touch to paper goods.
    • Nemesia can be cultivated to attract and support beneficial insects like bees and butterflies, contributing to the health of the local ecosystem.
    • The plant's vibrant flowers can be used to decorate cakes and desserts, as long as they are pesticide-free and safe for consumption.
    • To inspire art and photography, Nemesia's intricate details and vivid colors make it an excellent subject for botanical artists and photographers.
    • When used in sensory gardens, Nemesia's fragrance can provide an uplifting and therapeutic experience for visitors, especially when planted en masse.
    • Having Nemesia in a classroom environment can help teach children about the life cycle of plants, from seed germination to flowering and seed production.
    • For hobbyist plant breeders, Nemesia can be an interesting plant to experiment with hybridization, potentially creating new varieties with unique colors and patterns.
    • Nemesia flowers can be used in nature crafts, such as creating floral mandalas or other arrangements that can be displayed temporarily outdoors.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Nemesia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Nemesia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Optimism - The bright yellow color of Nemesia Honey often symbolizes positivity and a sunny disposition, mirroring the uplifting effect of its vibrant hue.
    • Friendship - Yellow flowers, including Nemesia, can represent strong bonds of friendship and camaraderie, making them a perfect gift to show appreciation for a friend.
    • Happiness - Nemesia blooms are associated with joy and contentment, portraying a sense of happiness in gardens and floral arrangements.
    • Warmth - The warm shade of yellow radiates a cozy and inviting feeling, evoking sensations of warmth and comfort.

Every 1-2 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Cape Jewels should be watered thoroughly but allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering sessions. Frequent watering is necessary, particularly during the warmer seasons where you might need to water every few days. Depending on the size of the pot and the environmental conditions, this could mean around 16-32 ounces of water per week. Ensure that the water penetrates the soil deeply to encourage root growth. Over-watering or allowing the plants to sit in water can lead to root rot, so proper drainage is essential.

  • sunLight

    Cape Jewels thrive best in full sun to partial shade. Choose a location where the plant will receive at least 4-6 hours of sunlight daily, preferably in the morning with some afternoon shade to protect it from the intense heat of the day. Avoid deep shade as it can lead to sparse blooms and leggy plants.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Cape Jewels prefer moderate temperatures and will flourish when daytime temperatures are between 60-75°F. They can tolerate minimum temperatures down to about 50°F but should be protected from frost. Ideally, night temperatures should not drop below 50°F to maintain healthy growth. These plants can struggle in intense heat, so during very hot weather, additional shade or water may be necessary to keep them cool.

  • scissorsPruning

    For Cape Jewels, pruning is important to encourage bushier growth and more blooms. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage new blooms and cut back plants by one-third mid-season to rejuvenate them. The best time to prune for shaping is in the early spring before the onset of new growth. Light pruning can be done throughout the growing season as needed.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Nemesia prefers a well-draining potting mix with a soil pH of 5.5 to 7.0. An ideal soil recipe would be a mix of loam, peat, and sand or perlite to ensure good drainage and aeration. Regularly check the soil's pH to maintain the slightly acidic to neutral range required for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Nemesia should be repotted annually, typically in the spring before the onset of the growing season. However, as an annual plant, it may not require repotting if its lifecycle is complete within a single season. If grown as a perennial in suitable climates, repot to refresh the soil and accommodate growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Nemesia thrives in moderate humidity levels but is adaptable to a range of conditions. It is best to maintain humidity around 40-50% for robust growth. Avoid excessive humidity to prevent fungal diseases and ensure healthy plant development.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep Nemesia in bright, indirect light with regular watering.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Nemesia in full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Nemesia Honey Dark Yellow, commonly known as Nemesia, begins its life cycle with seed germination, which requires a warm, moist environment and usually occurs in spring. After sprouting, the seedlings grow into young plants with a rosette of leaves; they continue to develop a stronger root system and foliage. As the plant matures, it enters the vegetation stage, producing stems and more leaves, followed by the budding phase when flower buds form. The blooming period is marked by the appearance of vibrant dark yellow flowers, which attract pollinators and are critical for the next stage of reproduction. If pollination occurs, the flowers will produce seed capsules that eventually dry out and release seeds, completing the cycle. The Nemesia is an annual or short-lived perennial in some climates, thus after seed dispersal, the parent plant typically dies off, making way for the next generation to start the cycle anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Nemesia Honey Dark Yellow, part of the Honey Series, is commonly propagated through seed. Sowing seeds is most effectively done in late winter to early spring, aiming for a frost-free period for the tender seedlings to establish themselves. Begin by scattering the seeds lightly atop a well-draining seed starting mix and gently pressing them into the soil, as they need light to germinate effectively. Maintain the soil's moisture levels without overwatering by misting, and keep the pots or trays at a temperature of around 70°F (21°C), which optimizes germination. The seeds typically sprout within 10 to 15 days, and once they have grown into strong enough seedlings and the risk of frost has completely passed, they can be transplanted outside into the garden bed or containers.