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Freesia laxa 'Joan Evans'

Freesia laxa 'Joan Evans'
Freesia laxa 'Joan Evans'
Freesia laxa 'Joan Evans'
Opening seedheads reveal shiny dark-red seeds (early May)

Synonym(s) Anomatheca laxa
Family iridaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-10)
Flowers white with red markings (late spring-summer)
Size 9-12"
Light sun-light shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Cormous flowering plant native to summer rainfall areas in southern and eastern Africa. Goes dormant after blooming, and requires relatively dry soil during dormancy. The flowers are much smaller than those of modern freesia hybrids, but no less pretty. Cultivars with different colors, from red to purple to white, have been developed; the 'Joan Evans' variety, a pretty white with red markings on its lower petals, comes true from seed.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: waterfall pondside, back fence border, left fence border, right-fence nursery area, foundation border

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Joan Evans' from NARGS '17/'18 exchange. Baggy 70F with light (100%G, 14-27d)
  2. Seed for 'Joan Evans' from '19 garden. Baggy 70F with light (95%G, 16-32d)
    Seed from NARGS '19/'20 exchange (unnamed). Baggy 70F (88%G, 19-29d)
  3. Seed for 'Joan Evans' from '20 garden. Baggy 70F (93%G, 19-24d)

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