WHAT'S IN A NAME Freesias are named for Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese (1795-1876), a German physician who also was a well-known student of botany and discovered many South African native plants.
Freesias are member of the iridaceae (Iris) family and are related to irises, crocuses, Gladioli and Watsonias, among others.
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Most species of freesias are native to the Cape Province of South Africa.
The intensity of these flowers' fragrant varies considerably among cultivars. Often yellow, white and cream varieties are more fragrant than other colors.