How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Freesia—Freesia x hybrida
Family Iridaceae (Iris family)

Plant Identification

Freesias are fragrant perennial plants, grown from corms.  They have long stems, sword-shaped leaves, and tubular flowers.  Most common are hybrid forms.  Flowers bloom in spring.  Blossoms may be yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, or white.

Optimum conditions for growth

Freesias will do well in full sun, but will also tolerate areas with partial shade.  They need regular water during the growth and blooming period, but should not be watered during the summer when they are dormant.  Be sure to plant in well-drained soil.  Corms are typically planted in the fall.

Yellow Freesa blossom
Yellow blossoms

Pests and disorders of Freesia spp.


  • Aphids
    • Green peach aphid
    • Tulip bulb aphid



Diseases (cont.)

Environmental disorders



Purple Freesa blossom
Purple blossoms

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