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 with compost or grit 5mm deep, in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination. Many species will only germinate in the spring after a good chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on seedlings in small pots before planting out into sharply draining compost in a pot, or the open ground in a well-drained spot.
Common name:Blue freesia, Baboon flower
Classification:Half hardy perennial
Packet Content:10 (Approx)