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Blue Freesia (Babiana stricta)

Babiana stricta
SKU: HC018005
per Bag of 25
Shipping begins the week of March 4th, 2024
Babiana stricta, also called Blue Freesia or Baboon Flower, features small, sweetly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers in harmonious shades of magenta, lilac, and white. This easy-care bulb will brighten up the late spring to early summer garden. With a gentle lemon scent and many long-blooming flowers per stem, this sturdy flower is an easy-care choice for a sunny border, rock garden, or container planting. Plant en masse for best impact.
key features
Botanical Name
Babiana stricta
Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Container Planting
Growing Zones
Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Mature Height
Bulb Spacing
12 bulbs per square foot
Bloom Time
Early Summer


Babiana stricta, also called Blue Freesia or Baboon Flower, is a welcome addition to the late-spring garden. Its compact form and bright flowers create a colorful focal point or a cheerful border. Happy in both full and partial sun locations, they are not fussy about soil type but must have good drainage. Water moderately and keep soil evenly moist to establish. It’s commonly called Baboon Flower because in its native home of southern Africa, baboons love to make a meal of the corms. Bulbs are cold hardy in zones 8-10; in colder climates, bulbs can be planted as annuals, or dig the corms in late fall and store in a cool, dry, dark place to re-plant in spring.