Origin: Native of Africa
Light: Full sun-part shade
Blooms: Scarlet-red, 6-10 flowers on flower scape, late Spring
Foliage: Green, iris-like, grass-like
Soil: Well-drained, mildly acidic
Uses: Border, indoors, container, woodland setting, naturalizing, tropical garden
Propagation: Seeds, offsets
Comments: Anomatheca laxa or False Freesia or Anomatheca cruenta or Freesia laxa or Lapeirousia cruenta or Lapeirousia laxa is a tropical bulbous plant with a fast, low growth habit. It is a native of Africa. In late Spring, Anomatheca laxa produces 6-8 small, scarlet flowers on long flower scape above grassy, iris-like, green foliage. This is followed later by seeds. False Freesia is easily propagated by seeds or offsets. It performs best in well-drained, mildly acidic soil in a sunny to part shade location. Freesia laxa goes dormant in Summer, reduce watering at this time. Come late Winter, Anomatheca laxa reemerges from sleep. It is low maintenance and self sows readily. Anomatheca cruenta does not tolerate freezing weather. Mass plant in front of the perennial borders for a delightful tropical flair. Freesia laxa can also be container cultivated for indoors. It can be easily naturalized in the woodland garden. Anomatheca laxa easily attracts attention.
USDA Zones: 8-10
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