General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 6-12 inches (15-30 cm)
Fruit: Showy
Other: Egg shaped pods
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: 55ºF - 60ºF
Days to germinate: 30 to 90 days
Depth to plant seed: Shallowly sow at depth of 1.5 to 2 inches, covering with a light layer of soil.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

Common names
  • Painted Petals
  • Woodland Painted Petals
  • False Freesia
  • Freesia
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Freesia laxa
  • Synonym: Anomatheca laxa
  • Synonym: Lapeirousia laxa

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Location: Houston. Sunny bed
Date: 2016-03-03
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2022-05-25
Location: My Garden
Date: 2019-03-01
Location: My Garden
Date: 2023-04-04
Location: My garden, Essex, UK
Date: 2022-06-11
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-02-04
Location: My garden HW east bed
Date: 2019-03-12
Location: Tyrell Park
Date: 2015-03-25
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-02-04
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-09
Thanks Janet for the seeds! :)
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2012-02-19
Location: MOBOT -   St Louis
Date: 2013-02-25
Location: My garden near Lincoln UK
Date: 2008-04-21
Easily grown from seed and quick to flower.
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2014-02-18
Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2015-03-05
(Freesia laxa) Zone 9b.

Photo courtesy of Joy Creek Nursery

Date: 2017-10-21
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-03-02
Location: My garden near Lincoln UK
Date: 2008-04-22
It makes long sprays of flowers and plenty of seed.
Location: RHS Harlow Carr alpine house, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2016-07-11
Location: Ponta do Pargo - Madeira
Date: 2023-04-17
Location: my garden HW
Date: 2018-03-08
Location: Test garden 
Date: 2017-03-10
Location: Test garden 
Date: 2017-03-10
Location: test garden
Date: 2015-03-23
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-03-02
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-03-02
Location: Home garden
Date: 2012-06-28 
Great little plant.
Location: Test garden 
Date: 2016-02-19
Photo by LindaTX8
Photo by LindaTX8
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-02-27
  • Posted by JRsbugs (Near Lincoln UK) on Dec 10, 2011 8:55 AM concerning plant:
    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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very nice clump now; many babies
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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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