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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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Category:

Bulbs

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Blue-Green

Smooth-Textured

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Redwood City, California

Richmond, California

Metuchen, New Jersey

Houston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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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 ov... read more