Painted Petals (Freesia laxa) in the Freesias Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Freesia laxa Accepted
Lapeirousia laxa Synonym
Anomatheca laxa Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 6-12 inches (15-30 cm)
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Will Naturalize
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


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Location: Houston. Sunny bedDate: 2016-03-03
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Location: Tyrell ParkDate: 2015-03-25
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Location: My garden near Lincoln UKDate: 2008-04-22It makes long sprays of flowers and plenty of seed.
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Location: My garden near Lincoln UKDate: 2008-04-21Easily grown from seed and quick to flower.
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2012-06-09Thanks Janet for the seeds! :)
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Location: MOBOT -   St LouisDate: 2013-02-25
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2014-02-18
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Posted by JRsbugs (Near Lincoln UK) on Dec 10, 2011 8:55 AM

I grew these from seed. They are quite hardy, but so far I have kept them in pots in a cold greenhouse. The very harsh winter 2011 in the UK seems to have killed them, but they make plenty of seed, which I had collected. Some seed dropped in the pots and grew without any help from me, so next year I might get flowers again. Worth a try in the garden in a place that doesn't get too much winter wet.

Native to South Africa in summer rainfall areas.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On March 4, 2018 Bloomed
piksihk On February 27, 2017 Bloomed
Many seedlings from seeds around mother plant;
piksihk On April 6, 2016 Transplanted
East bed - HW
piksihk On March 3, 2016 Bloomed
3 other scapes
piksihk On October 5, 2015 Plant emerged
two bulbs
piksihk On March 25, 2015 Obtained plant
bloom is so pretty and dainty
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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freesia laxa by piksihk Mar 16, 2016 12:57 AM 12
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Thinning the herd! by Snork Aug 31, 2015 11:03 AM 8
Freesia laxa by LindaTX8 Apr 13, 2015 6:10 PM 6
Show me some signs of SPRING! by tveguy3 May 3, 2015 7:41 AM 999
What's Blooming in February and March?! by Calif_Sue Mar 31, 2015 10:54 PM 226
What this one. by Gleni Nov 2, 2014 7:52 PM 18
Please help ID by susanlboyd Mar 12, 2013 6:56 PM 8
What is Blooming Now - February 2011 by Kelli Apr 27, 2011 2:13 PM 81

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