nemesia, noun

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Modern Latin, GreekShow more Modern Latin, from Greek nemesion, used of a similar plant.
Any of several plants of the genus Nemesia of the Scrophulariaceae, bearing brightly-coloured flowers of various hues.
1815 F. Pursh Donn’s Hortus Cantabrigiensis 196Nemesia, [English name] Nemesia. Germander-leav. [sic].
1838 Edwards’s Bot. Reg. XXIV. 39 (heading)Many-flowered Nemesia.
1868 W.H. Harvey Genera of S. Afr. Plants 255Nemesia, Annual, or more rarely perennial of suffruticose plants...Bentham describes 25 species.
1892 Gardeners’ Chron. (U.K.) 3 Sept. 269There are many plants that vary to the extent of two or three colours in a wild state, but it is exceedingly rare to find them indulging in such wholesale variation as this Nemesia does. I have seen sixteen varieties of colour.
1906 B. Stoneman Plants & their Ways 259Nemesia,..Herbs annual or perennial, bearing racemes of pretty flowers of many hues. Twenty-eight species...Beautiful Nemesias in great abundance are found in the Malmesbury district.
1913 D. Fairbridge Piet of Italy 31He hurried down to the sandy track fringed with blue nemesias and orange gazanias.
1949 L.G. Green In Land of Afternoon 72Hybrid gladioli, nemesias, even the Hottentot fig, were all startling novelties.
1968 Farmer’s Weekly 3 Mar. 57A plant I feel that gardeners generally do not appreciate as much as they should is the nemesia.
1984 Z. Gilbert S. Afr. Garden Month by Month 26Winter flowering annuals. Summer rainfall areas: In the warmer parts of these areas sow:..Godetia (satin flower), Linaria maroccana (toad flax).., Nemesia, [etc.].
Any of several plants of the genus Nemesia of the Scrophulariaceae, bearing brightly-coloured flowers of various hues.

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