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Freesia

Posted by on Mon, Jan 14 2013 13:32:00

Freesia is a genus of about 14 species. Freesia bulbs are usually grown for use as cut flowers. All the 14 species of Freesia are African in origin. Of The 14 Freesia species, 12 are native to Cape Province, South Africa.  Freesia flowers are very fragrant, typically white or yellow, and are borne in spikelike racemes. This blooming beauty captures your heart and is a springtime favorite.

Freesia plants grow from a corm (a solid bulb, as in Gladiolus). The Freesia corm sends up a tuft of long narrow leaves and a slightly branched stem. Freesia Flowers are borne as loose one-sided spikes of narrowly funnel-shaped flowers along a side few leaves. Some excellent Freesia varieties (old-fashioned) for fragrance include: Athene, Allure, Demeter, Excelsior, Golden Wave, Mirabel, Pink Westlind, Snowdon, and Welkin.

Facts About Freesia

  • Freesia bloom was named by Dr. Freese (1785-1876) , a native of Kiel, Germany.
  • The flowers come in a great variety of colors - white, golden yellow, orange, red, pink, mauve, lavender, purple and bicolors.
  • Freesia perfume has a light, sweet, soap-like floral scent - trendy in soaps, lotions and so forth.
  • Freesia flower bouquets are also used for gifting on special occasions. Freesia flowers are symbolic of innocence.

Freesia are very poularly used in the perfume, scented oils and baths and other related industries. Freesia essence oil is uncut, undiluted, alcohol free, long lasting, high grade essence oil. The oil is excellent for aromatherapy uses - to scent candles, freshen potpourri, in soap making, massage oils, bath oil and of course, as a Freesia perfume body oil - to smell just truly great.

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