Freesia alba is one of the original species of Freesia. It is a great plant that retains the original intense fragrance lost from many modern varieties and hybrids of Freesia. Plants grow sword shaped leaves in autumn and winter and have showy white flowers in spring, growing to a height of about 40cm. After flowering the plants die down and start regrowing again in autumn. These plants will naturalise in warmer UK and Mediterranean gardens, and are excellent pot plants for colder gardens that can be brought into a greenhouse or conservatory over winter.
This Freesia grows naturally in coastal areas of the Cape Floral Kingdom in South Africa, and prefers sun and well drained, neutral to acidic soil. Plants grow in stony and sandy coastal gardens. They attract bees when in flower.
Pack of 20 seeds. Sow in summer to autumn. Germination is erratic, so sow more than you need. Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.
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