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Graceful, arching stems support the pendulous bell-like flowers, complemented by spring green, iris-like foliage. If you ever take a walk in an old neighbourhood in the springtime, you may encounter whole lawns in which Freesias have naturalized. The original variety was white with faint yellow and blue spots. The fragrance of these first Freesias was exceptional and if you are lucky enough to find a supplier of this variety, you are in for a treat. However, modern Freesias smell wonderful, too, and will naturalize where they are happy. Plant the little bulbs in fall, about 2" to 3" deep in a sunny location where the soil has good drainage. Consider mixing Freesia bulbs with other wand-like relatives, such as the etherial Ixia or the vivid Spraxia. If you choose to plant them in a lawn, stop mowing in February, let the blooms come and complete their cycle and then mow. With good fortune, Freesias will return year after year.
Perhaps one of the nicest features of Freesias is the long duration of bloom moving from bud to bud up each stem. They seem to last a very long time and make an excellent cut flower. Freesias are inexpensive and can be bought in attractive mixes and in large quantities so that the gardener can plant them lavishly in fall for a lovely spring display.