Freesia laxa

David Fenwick
Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:34:58 PST
>>>>>The white form is incrusted everywhere, some have a red blotch ('Jean
Evans')  and some are pure white.  The blue form  is not very vigorous.

There is a white form of Freesia laxa with red spots called 'Joan Evans'; 
however the name 'Joan Evans' should only be applied to the actual hybrid 
called this; and not any old hybrid. The red form of F. laxa is quite 
variable and because of this crossing it with the white gives variable white 
with red forms. This 'white with red spots form' would appear to be a 
recessive form of the species and is quite variable; the background colour 
can be of a brilliant white or dirty white, and the size and shape and 
intensity of the spotting can vary. In my opinion the white with red spot 
forms are probably not worthy of naming separately.

A white with red spots form can also be found within the so called 'Rainbow 
Hybrid' strain in Australia.

Best Wishes,

David Fenwick
Heamoor, Penzance, Cornwall. UK. 

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