The freesia flower is most popular for its highly scented, citrus fragrance. Also called the Ballerina, the freesia has a unique look with wiry stems and delicate blooms. This beautiful flower has a variety of meanings; innocence, thoughtfulness, trust, sweetness, and the mostly commonly used, friendship. Individual colors have a further meaning, the white freesia is often used in weddings to symbolize the innocence and purity between the bride and groom. Red is linked for passion, pink for motherly love and yellow for joy and renewal.
The freesia gained its beautifully unique name from botanist Christian P Ecklon named them after his good friend and fellow botanist, Friedrich H. T. Freese as a toast to their wonderful friendship. Freesia’s were also used in Victorian times, when flowers carried secret messages, symbolizing trust. However, in the United States, the freesia is most popular as a wedding flower and is also a symbol for the 7th anniversary.
Start with a very clean vase and fill halfway with fresh cool water. Remove any stems that are below the waterline, submerged flowers can tend to rot and impact the life of the bouquet. Using a sharp knife or floral shears cut the stems 1-2 inches and on an angle for better absorption. Freesias are especially sensitive to ethylene, a gas typically found near wilting plants and over ripe fruits and vegetables. Also keep away from direct sunlight.Back to Top