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Build a Bouquet with Freesia

Freesia is our #11 most-suggested flower, tied with three other flowers, and it's freesia's turn to get a spotlight on the Bridal Bouquet Builder blog! For a recap on how we find out which flowers are most popular in a bouquet, click here.

What are freesia?

Freesia is a genus of flowers with 16 species. The flower commonly known as "freesia" is actually a hybrid between many freesia species. These common flowers grow from a corm (similar to a tulip bulb) and have many branches that may grow one-sided shoots of fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers. Freesia are unique in that the majority of the professionally-grown flowers come from a collection of about 80 growers in the Netherlands. Freesia have various uses because of how good they smell, but their main use is for wedding bouquets - which means brides have "first dibs" on the flowers more often than not.

What do you need to know about freesia in a bouquet?

Growing season

According to Wikipedia, freesia can be planted in fall and in spring, making them fairly available year-round. Check with your florist to see when freesia will be available in your area.

Color variety

According to The Spruce, freesia naturally grow in a variety of colors, including:

  • White

  • Yellow

  • Orange

  • Pink

  • Red

  • Blue-mauve

  • Blue

  • Purple

Bloom size

Freesia plants grow to be 1-2 feet tall, but the flowers are much smaller, sharing their branches with 4-6 other flowers. Freesia will fill more space in your bouquet than forget-me-not or lily of the valley, but don't grow in big clusters like lilacs or hydrangeas.

To see more about different bouquet flowers, check out our blog posts on daffodils, delphinium, dahlias, lilies, carnations, snapdragons, lavender, magnolias, and more.

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