Flowering Grass

Freesia lax

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Anomatheca laxa (Botanical Gardens Utrecht)
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Freesia laxa is a slim, cormous, perennial species in the iris family, Iridaceae. It produces grass-like foliage and attractive sprays of pink-red blooms. These appear in the summer and have 6 petals, the lower 3 marked with darker colouring at the petal bases. This plant is commonly known by the name flowering grass and it is half-hardy, coping with temperatures as low as -5 degrees Celcius. Winner of a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, this species grows best in full sun, in well-draining soil, on the acidic side of the pH scale.

Planning

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Division

Divide in spring.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Iridaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Red