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PlantFiles: Freesia
Freesia refracta

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Freesia (FREE-see-uh) (Info)
Species: refracta (ray-FRAK-tuh) (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:
Red
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
White/Near White

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:
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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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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive dmj1218 On Mar 3, 2008, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Freesia refracta has a height of 8"-20" (18-45cm) with leaves erect or suberect, sword-shapped, acute. Flowers are funnel-shaped greenish to dull purple with yellow to orange markings on horizontal spikes. Sometimes this species has a strong spice scent and needs a dry summer dormancy. It does well in stony soil on slopes or flats. Flowers January through March and is native to South Africa. Quite uncommon in the trade and good for growing in zones 9-11.


Regional...

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

Knoxville, Tennessee
Houston, Texas



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