False Freesia Plant Care – Information On Planting False Freesia Corms

By: Laura Miller

If you like the look of freesiaflowers but wish you could find something similar that wasn’t quite sotall, you’re in luck! False freesia plants, a member of the Iridaceae family,can add a bright splash of red to the garden in late spring and early summer.Its shorter stature makes it ideal for borders and rockgardens. Plus, false freesia plant care is relatively easy! Learn how togrow false freesia in your garden.

What is False Freesia?

Also called scarlet freesia, false freesia plants have hadvarious taxonomical classifications, including Lapeirousia laxa, Anomathecalaxa, Anomatheca cruenta and Freesia laxa. This Africannative grows in a clump with spiky iris-like leaves. False freesia leaves stayaround 8 inches (20 cm.) tall.

False freesia produces a cluster of six trumpet-shapedflowers per stem. Flower color can vary from white to shades of pinks and reds,depending on the variety. Blooms usually reach a height of about 12 inches (30cm.).

How to Grow False Freesia Plants

False freesia plants prefer full sun and are winter hardy inUSDA zones 8 to 10. In these areas, planting false freesia corms in the fall isrecommended. Sow the corms to a depth of 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm.). Falsefreesia can readily propagate from seeds and can become prolific to the pointof being invasive. When needed, divide false freesia in the spring.

When planting false freesia corms outside of zones 8 to 10,they can be grown as annual garden flowers or in containers. Plant the corms inearly spring. In the fall, bring containers inside or dig up the bulbs andstore overwinter in a dry environment at a temperature of approximately 50degrees F. (10 C.).

False freesia plants can also be started indoors from seedsand transplanted into the garden. Seed germination can take several weeks, soit’s recommended to start seeds 2 to 3 months before the final frost. Seedsform after flowering and can be collected by drying mature seed pods. Freshfalse freesia seeds are bright orange or red in color. When starting falsefreesia from seeds, sow seeds to a depth of 1/8 inch (3 mm.).

False Freesia Plant Care

False freesia plant care is fairly simple with no reportedissues from insects or disease. It’s a drought resistant flower, but requiresmoist, well-drained soil during its growing and blooming stages.

After blooming, false freesia plants enter a period ofdormancy and the leaves die back. During dormancy, it prefers a driersubstrate.

False Freesia Subspecies and Varieties

  • Freesia laxa ssp. laxa – This is the most common subspecies. It flowers in late spring to early summer. Blossoms are bright red with darker red blotches on the bottom petals.
  • Freesia laxa ssp. azurea – This blue flowering subspecies is a native of coastal regions where it grows in sandy soil.
  • Freesia laxa ‘Joan Evans’ – A white flowering variety that has crimson splotches.
  • Freesia laxa ‘Alba’ – A solid white flowering variety.
  • Freesia laxa ‘Sara Noble’ – This lavender colored variety resulted from a cross between subspecies laxa and azurea.

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False Freesia Plant Care - Informationen zum Pflanzen von False Freesia Corms

Wenn Sie das Aussehen von Freesienblüten mögen, aber wünschen, Sie könnten etwas Ähnliches finden, das nicht ganz so groß ist, haben Sie Glück! Falsche Freesienpflanzen, ein Mitglied der Familie der Iridaceae, können dem Garten im späten Frühjahr und Frühsommer einen hellen Rotschimmer verleihen. Seine kleinere Statur macht es ideal für Grenzen und Steingärten. Außerdem ist die Pflege von falschen Freesien relativ einfach! Erfahren Sie, wie Sie in Ihrem Garten falsche Freesien anbauen.

Where to grow

Freesia laxa (Flowering grass) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.1m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance


Plant corms 5cm deep in spring in sandy, moderately fertile soil in sun. Lift in autumn & store dry. Grow under glass in sandy, loam-based compost in full light & ventilation. Water moderately & feed monthly until buds form. Keep dry after flowering.


There are 16 species of Freesia, all native to Africa. Of the species, 12 are native to Cape Province, South Africa, and two to tropical Africa, one species extending north of the equator to Sudan. F. refracta is the most commonly grown species, which during the 19th century got crossed with F. leichtlinii. Many cultivars arose from those species, as well as pink and yellow flowering F. corymbosa.

Common name Habit Lifespan Exposure Water Min zone Max zone
Freesia Freesia perennial sun moist 8 11
Freesia andersoniae perennial
Freesia caryophyllacea perennial
Freesia laxa False Freesia
Scarlet Freesia
perennial sun moderate
8 11.5

Freesia hybrida, Hort. Here belong many hybrid forms, some of them known as the "colored freesias," as: F. chapmanii, a cross of the typical F. refracta (F. aurea, Hort.), with var. alba, producing a soft yellow flushed with deeper yellow and with an orange blotch (Gn. 71, p. 165. G.M. 50:164. G. 31:175) F. tubergenii, being a cross of F. refracta alba, and F. armstrongii (G.W. 13, p. 199. G. 28:215. Gn. 69, p. 184. J.H. III. 52:299) F. kcwensis, hybrid probably between F. Armstrongii and F. Leichtlinii F. Mdidenii, being F. refracta alba x F. Armstronffii F. Ragwnieri, a race resulting from the crossing of F. refracta, F. Leichtlinii and their hybrids with F. Armstrongii, described as producing scented fls. tinted in shades of pink, rose, purple, blue, brown, orange, and spotted and veined. CH

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