Symbolism of the Freesia Flower
- Freesias are popular wedding flowers across the globe. These tiny flowers add color and fragrance to any floral display and are often used in bridal bouquets, boutonnieres or even as table centerpieces at weddings. In this context, the white freesia flower means innocence and purity.
- Freesias are also used to as a thank you to someone who has performed gracefully under difficult conditions. Their delicate nature makes them especially appropriate for young girls after a dance or other artistic performance. In this context, the color of the flower doesn’t matter. Choose one in her favorite color or that matches the theme of the event.
- In Victorian times, when flowers often carried secret messages that dare not be spoken, the freesia symbolized trust.
- In the United States, the freesia is the symbol for the seventh wedding anniversary.
The Freesia Flower Facts
The genus freesia contains approximately 20 species of flowers belonging to the Iris family. There are an estimated 1,800 species of freesia that range in color from white, ivory and yellow to many shades of pink, purple and red. These delicate blooms appear on one side of a 12- to 18-inch stem (called a scape) that curves at the top to hold the blooms nearly horizontal to the ground.
Native to South Africa, the flowers are at home in a tropical environment and do not perform well in gardens in the United States. They are grown primarily as a cut flower sold by florists. As a cut flower, freesias have a vase life of seven to 10 days, but must be handled carefully to avoid damaging the tiny petals.
Freesias gained popularity in the 1950s and have graced weddings and special occasions ever since. While white flowers are typically the most fragrant, this does hold true of the freesia flower. The white blooms emit a more subdued fragrance while the pink and red flowers release the most intense scent.