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PlantFiles: Freesia
Freesia leichtlinii

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Freesia (FREE-see-uh) (Info)
Species: leichtlinii (leekt-LIN-ee-eye) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive helenslam On Mar 15, 2012, helenslam from Metuchen, NJ wrote:

This is an easy to grow plant even for a first-timer. I grew this on a sunny South-facing window sill - 3 corms in a 4" pot that fits my window sill width. Maybe since it was grown indoors with less light than the outdoor setting, my freesias are closer to 18 - 20" tall rather than the 6 - 12" indicated in this file. It took abut a week or two for the corms to sprout and over 3 months for the flower buds to appear. It is very interesting to see the young flower buds growing inside the leaf and then eventually break out of the leaf. The leaf with the flower buds really looks like it's pregnant! Also, the young flower buds look like shafts of wheat until they grow bigger.

Staking is an absolute necessity as the leaves and then the flowers grow quite tall and will fall over if not supported. I used three 24" stakes and tied them together with twine to form a cage to support the plants. It would be great if I can find some mini-tomato cages for this purpose.

The leaves resemble iris leaves and are somewhat weedy-looking but the flowers are colorful and amazingly fragrant. This is a worthy plant to grow as it gives you 1 - 2 stems of 6 flowers per corm. I had grown the Narcissus Constantinople at the same time. For the amount of work, freesias are definitely a better bet with more flowers per corm/bulb.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Redwood City, California
Richmond, California
Metuchen, New Jersey
Houston, Texas

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