Symbolism: Freesias symbolize friendship, trust, thoughtfulness, and innocence.
Description: These small, fragrant flowers have upward-facing blossoms in bright colours and emit a citrusy perfume. Each stem produces five to 10 tubular flowers that grow on only one side of the stem. Blooms are available in white, pink, yellow, red, orange, and purple. Large-flowered freesia varieties come from Holland, Denmark, and Sweden, where they are grown in greenhouses. These varieties have pale colours and a less intense scent than the yellows found in plantations along the Mediterranean coast.
Named after: Freesias are named after the German botanist F.H.T. Freese, who chose to study plants after working as a doctor.
Latin/Scientific name: Freesia
Native to: Southern Africa
Flowering period: Flowers appear within 10-12 weeks of planting the bulb and remain in bloom for two to three weeks depending upon weather conditions and care.
Vase life: 7 to 10 days
Popular use in floral arrangements or bouquets: Freesias are often used as accents or as fillers in arrangements, such as our Ella, or our Maywood bouquet, and Designer's Choice. Their delicate appearance and beautiful fragrance make them favourites for bridal bouquets and prom season.
When in stock in our shops: Year-round in white; occasionally in pink, orange, and yellow.