Freesia laxa as annual?

Mike Rummerfield
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:46:31 PST
RE: Freesia laxa

I garden (garden as a verb -interesting) in zone 7 in the Pacific Northwest
of the US; inland but with coastal influence.  I've been growing Freesia
laxa outdoors in the ground for many years now, both in the open and under
evergreen trees where they get a surprising amount of shade in the summer,
where they bloom well.  The latter location is by their choice. They seed
around just short of being aggressive.  This all was unexpected by me, but
welcome.  This all pertains to the red (coral) form.  The white form seems
recessive and fades away.  I find that Freesia laxa subsp. azurea is not as
hardy here as the red form and I grow it in pots in an unheated greenhouse
where it does fine.

I've never understood the price asked for these bulbs as here they are
plentiful and flower quickly from seed.

Mike Rummerfield
Washington State
zone 7, 27℉ last night (-2.8C)

On Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 8:59 AM, Brian Whyer <>

> >
> F. laxa, I managed to kill, probably because in the greenhouse that year
> its bulbs got frozen.
> People do comment that they have the white freesias growing outside here
> in England and Wales.>I have had the red/red spots form growing outside
> (and within paving alongside) the house for 10/15 years or so. Seeds
> everywhere there is a crack. I have recently (2 years) scattered seed along
> a gravel drive against a west facing wall. Seems happy and flowers as an
> annual and perennial. I think there are some white/red spot form in there
> too. The blue form/species is in full leaf in the unheated greenhouse now.
> I will scatter seed later as an experiment.
> Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England1C last night, 2 and still dropping
> now.
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