Freesia - February's flower of the month


Freesias are known for their scent and that subtle perfume certainly takes me back in time and evokes memories of my parents' house. My father loved freesia and would often have a vase of them on his desk. This nostalgic flower has made a big come back and is a very popular request here at Flowers With Passion. We don't keep them in stock all the time but can get them in with a couple of days notice if you'd like us to include them in a bouquet or you'd like a nice bunch of them in your home. One of our most popular floral gifts on our website is the freesia basket.

Another is our Scent With Love posy....

And with Mother's Day fast approaching these make gorgeous gifts especially as the freesia symbolises unconditional love - and not just for your Mum. Traditionally you give your spouse white freesias after seven years of marriage to remind you both of pure, genuine love. The beautiful fragrance of the comb of flowers lends an extra dimension to this. It also symbolise innocence.


The freesia’s tuber forms small tubers under the soil called beads. These beads grow into a full tuber and ultimately into a comb of flowers which lends extra style to any home - and they even carry on growing merrily in the vase! The freesia comes in white, yellow, orange, red, blue, pink and purple, but can also be bicoloured or multicoloured. Many varieties have a beautiful sweet scent which makes your home even more attractive.  


The tuberous freesia was ‘discovered’ in South Africa, where they were called ‘Cape lily-of-the-valley’. The flower was given the name ‘Freesia’ in around 1830 by the South African botanist Ecklon, who named it after his friend, the German Dr F. Freese.

Many thanks to our friends at The Flower Council of Holland for some of the above information. Check out more on their website:

Caring for freesias

  • Select a clean vase and fill it with tap water at room temperature.
  • Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
  • Cut or trim the stems by 3 to 5 cm with a sharp and clean knife or secateurs.
  • Do not place freesias in a draught, in full sun or near central heating.
  • Regularly top the vase up with tap water.
  • Don’t place freesias near a fruit bowl. Fruit emits ethylene gas which will cause the flowers to age more rapidly.