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Freesia refracta alba

Another of the little gems that I acquired from the Seed Exchange List of the Royal Horticultural Society Lily Group. It’s easy to grow, prolific, good natured, produces seeds (easy to germinate), multiplies by corms and is just a lovely plant.

Freesia refracta alba is one of the dainty species freesias that were crossbred to produce the blowsy modern day hybrids. This 10 inch pot of about 50 bulbs is roughly 3ft tall to the top of the flowerspike in the left.

It bears the most delicate of blooms – almost translucent white with a variable blob of yellow on the bottom middle petal, like a bee has blundered into it and left a stain of pollen. It also has the sweetest and most delicate of scents – not overpowering but inducing you to sniff it again and again just for the sheer indulgent pleasure of it.

This planting is in the Plants in the House garden .

From a swap with Royal Horticultural Society Lily Group Seed Exchange.

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Plant Common Freesia Freesia refracta 10



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Hello Amorel!

I just came across your offer to swap some of your Freesia refracta alba. Have you got some left? In return you could get some seeds of Freesia laxa or Freesia leichtlinii from me.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Posted on 24 Mar 09 (almost 9 years ago)

The scent of freesias is, to me, one of the loveliest scents in the world. Right up there with lilies-of-the-valley and hall’s honeysuckle.

Posted on 08 Oct 11 (over 6 years ago)

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