Be seduced by the fragrance of the vintage freesia

The freesia has sparkling colours and leaves a subtle hint of perfume around the home, which takes you back in time and evokes memories. Old-fashioned? No way! Vintage, since this nostalgic flower has made a spectacular comeback.

Colours and shapes

The freesia’s tuber forms small tubers under the soil called beads. These beads grow into a full tuber and ultimately into a comb of flowers which lends extra style to any home - and they even carry on growing merrily in the vase! The freesia comes in white, yellow, orange, red, blue, pink and purple, but can also be bicoloured or multicoloured. Many varieties have a beautiful sweet scent which makes your home even more attractive.  


The freesia symbolises unconditional love. Traditionally you give your spouse white freesias after seven years of marriage to remind you both of pure, genuine love. The beautiful fragrance of the comb of flowers lends an extra dimension to this. It also symbolise innocence.


The tuberous freesia was ‘discovered’ in South Africa, where they were called ‘Cape lily-of-the-valley’. The flower was given the name ‘Freesia’ in around 1830 by the South African botanist Ecklon, who named it after his friend, the German Dr F. Freese.

Did you know that a freesia’s flower display is called a comb because of the buds which are all lined up so neatly?

Freesia mooiwatbloemendoen.nlBouquet inspiration with freesias

Opt for a fabulous vintage bouquet or an original innovative combination. Anything is possible with these beautifully scented freesias. The various colours mean that you can go in many different directions. Try combining the yellow variety with Ammi majus (Bishop’s flower), tulips, irises, Asclepia and statice. Your florist will be happy to help! You can give it an extra boost with some fabulous foliage such as leather leaf fern, asparagus and Aralia. We’ve placed the bouquet on a hand-painted plate in order to create the perfect match. Why not try the same?