I was always fascinated by the beauty of freesias.
These amazing flowers are very fragrant and symbolizes thoughtfulness and innocence.
Freesia belongs to the family Iridaceae and originated in South Africa. They come in a variety of colors: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, mauve, purple, lavender and bicolors. The pink and red varieties have a stronger scent.
Freesia was named Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese, a German physician native to Kiel who died in 1876.
Freesias work well in garden, but also in pots. If you plant them in the garden, then the freesias should be planted in full sun or light shade in a well-drained soil. If you plant them in pots, fill the pots with well-drained soil, put the pots into full sunlight and never let freesias to sit in waterlogged soil.
They grow from a corm, which is a solid bulb.
The corms should be planted 2-3 inches deep and 3 inches apart. They should be planted in spring. Freesias need to be watered regularly while the leaves and flowers are developing.
Freesias make excellent cut flowers and are often used in wedding arrangements. Here are some varieties which are beloved for their fragrance: Athene, Allure, Golden Wave, Excelsior, Demeter, Pink Westlind, Mirabel, Snowdon and Welkin.
You will be fascinated by the beautiful flowers which will grow along one side of the stalk.