Wild Freesias illustration. Watercolour on paper.
Wild Freesias illustration. Graphite on paper.
A sweetly perfumed flower Freesia refracta ‘Alba’, known as granny’s freesia, is the traditional creamy white freesia which is often grown for its exceptional perfume. The genus Freesia is named after F.H.T. Freese (died 1876), a German physician from Kiel and a pupil of Ecklon. The species name alba means white in Latin.
The plant is an annual bulb, appearing from an underground corm to flower in Spring.
One of the earliest ever known varieties of Freesia, these are one that many of today’s more colourful freesias originated from.
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