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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Freesia genus. This is a genus of around 20 species of herbaceous perennials producing narrow tufts of leaves, and loose spikes of 6-tepaled flowers, many of which a fragrant. They have either flat, or narrowly funneled flowers.

This genus was named after the German physician Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese (1795–1876).

Characteristics

Perennials, Deciduous, Corms, Fragrants, Herbaceous or Bulbs

Origin

S.C. Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their red flowers, followed by egg-shaped seed pods that split to reveal red seeds.

Cultivation

Frost hardy. Plant 5cm deep in an open, sunny situation and in well drained soil. In cold areas, lift corms and store dry for winter.

Propagation

Propagate by seed in spring.

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