This charming South African perennial has erect, pleated, sword-shaped leaves and fragrant, funnel-shaped, violet-blue, purple or yellow flowers with a much darker eye, in mid to late spring. Preferring a sharply-drained soil in full sun, each flowering stem produces six or more blooms, each up to 5 cm (2 in) across, which are grouped in an inflorescence.
Sow seeds at any time covering them very thinly with compost or grit, and leaving some of the seed showing, as light can initiate germination, just as in the wild, and leave in a well-lit, warm spot. Sometimes, artificial heat may not be needed, and may prevent germination, as some species will only germinate in the spring after being chilled in the moist seed tray. Grow on in sharply draining compost in a pot, or the open ground.
Common name:Blue freesia, Baboon flower
Classification:Half hardy perennial
Packet Content:10 (Approx)