Common name: Freesia
Botanical name: Freesia spp. Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)
Native to Africa, Freesia is a genus of 14-16 species of
flowering plants in the Iris family.
Freesias are strongly scented so they make a nice addition to any area. They
have five to 10 single or double flowers. Stems are usually 10 to 18 inches
long with little or no foliage. The bell-shaped freesia blooms up to seven
days and comes in white, golden yellow, orange, red, pink, mauve, lavender,
purple and bicolors.
They are herbaceous plants which grow from a corm 1-2.5 cm diameter, which
sends up a tuft of narrow leaves 10-30 cm long, and a sparsely branched stem
10-40 cm tall bearing a few leaves and a loose one-sided spike of fragrant
narrowly funnel-shaped flowers.
|Photographed in Gangtok, Sikkim &