Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Freesias Are Budding



Freesias are one of most pleasantly fragrant flowers of all time. Of their 14 species, 12 are native to Cape Province, South Africa. Often confused with bulbs, freesias are actually grown from corms, which are solid underground plant stems. Bulbs are layered scales that are modified leaves. Each freesia corm sends up one spike of funnel shaped flowers, single or double petaled in white, yellow, red, orange, violet or cream. Generally planted in September or October, they bloom in February and March along the coast in southern California. Best planted in groups, they are an excellent cut flower whose fragrance will fill a room.

Other common plants grown from corms are cyclamen, crocus, taro, montebretia, crocosmia and gladiolus. As the corm matures it will produce smaller corms along the crown that can be transplanted and will bloom the following year.

2 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Love the smell of these...

Ann said...

what color is your freesias?