Common name: False Freesia
A member of the iridaceae family that originates from tropical South Africa.
They make good specimens for pot culture as well as excellent subjects for alpine beds, raised garden beds and open garden beds providing they are well drained.
They may survive outside over winter in the UK if planted in a sheltered spot
If in doubt, lift them and allow the corms to dry and place them in store for the winter.
When replanting in early spring, one must wait until the soil is workable and frost free.
Starting them off in pots under glass and transplanting them will speed up this task.
As with Freesia they are produced from corms and come in several colour forms e.g. red, blue and white.
They have an upright to lax habit with the sword shaped leaves tending to form a flat fan shape.
The flower spikes are topped with long tubed 25mm (1") diameter triple segmented flowers.
They grow to a height of 200-300mm (8"-12") high with a similar spread, and flower in late spring.(May/June)
Although they originate from sunny climes they will perform quite well in partial shade.
These are summer dormant and come into active growth in winter.
Sow ripe seed in pots / trays of seed compost and germinate at a temperature of 14-16°C (55-60°F)
Germination may take two to three weeks.
Prick out into 70mm (3”) pots of potting compost and grow on for another year in a frost free environment.
Plant out in a sunny well drained position, or pot up individually into 75mm (3") pots for transplanting outdoors.
Alternatively, pot up 3-5 corms in 125/150mm (5"/6")pots and grow on in a cool green / alpine house.
Established plants can be divided at this time.