Freesia laxa

Harold Koopowitz
Wed, 07 Dec 2011 07:17:25 PST
Cameron and Rhoda:

The white Freesia laxa is a weed. I have spend years trying to 
eradicate it from my garden. I have seen what looks like the red form 
in Zimbabwe and I think you are correct about the blue but don't 
remember exactly.

At 10:03 PM 12/6/2011, you wrote:
>Hi Freesia laxa fans
>We have a large population od Freesia laxa in our nursery which is 
>self seeding and comes up all over - almost a weed!.  This 
>population consists of equal proportion of red and white 
>flowers.  We sometimes mark the white plants in an attempt to get 
>white seed but consider this to be a futile exercise and we believe 
>that all our seed is heterozygous for colour.  Our plants originate 
>from wild plants in forest habitats in the Eastern Cape where red is 
>the dominant colour, with occasional whoie flowers.  However in 
>cultivation the proportion of white plants has increased steadily 
>over the years.
>We also have a blue form which flowers at a different time.  We are 
>not clear concerning the origin of the blue Freesia laxa but think 
>it may have come from northen provinces  - maybe Natal.  Can anyone 
>shed light on the origin of the blue form of Freesia laxa?
>Cameron and Rhoda McMaster
>African Bulbs
>PO Box 26, Napier 7270
>Tel/Fax: 028 423 3651
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