Freesia belongs to the same family as the Iris and Gladiolus. Just like many flowers out of the Iridaceae family, Freesia grows out of a bulb. The flower originates from the Cape Region in South Africa and those Freesia’s where the start for the Freesia varieties nowadays.
Although, regarding quality and appearance, the “old” and “new” varieties are hardly comparable to the current range.
The flower is discovered in 1830 by botanist Ecklon, a collector of plants and flowers in South Africa. He called the flower after a German friend named F. Freese. The flower got the nickname Cape Lily, an explicit reference to the origin of the flower.
Dutch growers currently supply 97% of Freesias worldwide. The first cultivation activities have already started in the 19th century, especially in the ‘70s and ‘80s of the 20th century, many improvements have been made. Due to the popularity of the flowers, there are still new variations on the market every year.
The Freesia, in general, is a symbol of unconditional love, innocence, and trust. Every color also gots its own symbolism. That is not as well-known as it is by Roses. The symbolism of the most popular colors:
- White: simplicity, purity, and perfection.
- Red: passion and temptation.
- Purple: dignity and respect.
- Orange: sunshine
Colors, Shapes, and Availability
By this same popularity, the Freesia range is getting bigger and bigger. Next to a lot of colors, also bicolored, there are single and double-flowered Freesia’s. With a filled heart we call double, can you look into the heart then it’s a single Freesia. The flower is year-round available.
Design Suggestions with Freesia
This beautiful, fragile looking flower fits in every bouquet. Romance, field, modern and seasonal. Some inspiration how you can combine this flower:
- Freesia, Tulipa, Iris, Asclepias, and Limonium.
- Freesia, Calla, Leather leaves, Craspedia and Asparagus.
- Freesia, Bouvardia, Rosa, Lily, Alstroemeria, and Salal leaves.
Shop Care Tips
Inspect the flowers when you receive them, the stems should be firm and not slimy or weak. Cut the flowers and put them in clean water with flower food.