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Freesia

Iridaceae
Perennials

South African native perennials prized for the rich perfume of their flowers. In spring, wiry, 1 to 1 1/2-ft. stems bear spikes of tubular flowers that reach 2 in. long, flare to 2 in. wide. Each stem bends at nearly a right angle just beneath the lowest bud. Narrow, sword-shaped leaves to 1 ft. tall grow in iris-like fans.

Freesia hybrids
Freesia hybrids

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Freesia hybrid

These hybrids (Dutch and Tecolote hybrids rep­resent the majority of those sold) have larger, single or double blossoms in yellow, orange, red, pink, lavender, purple, blue, and white. They're sold mixed or in single-color varieties. Volunteers tend to revert to cream marked with purple and yellow. These newer hybrid freesias are generally not as fragrant as the old-fashioned type. Plant Freesia corms in fall for bloom in spring.

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