Purple Rain Freesia

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Double trouble, the Purple Rain Freesia (Freesia 'Purple Rain') is a dark fuchsia bloom with double the petals on the flowering spikes! The heavily saturated blooms carry the usual Freesia peppery sweet and strong fragrance! Each bloom opens in turn along the flowers spike for a long-lasting spring display!

In the spring, Freesia sends up thin tendril-like spikes that develop ascending buds. Pollinators and the occasional hummingbird arrive to sip the nectar! While some gardeners appreciate these vibrant blooms best of all, others enjoy the fragrant scent that greets them on late spring mornings and evenings! Blooming starts in late spring and is highlighted by the green arching blade-shaped foliage that is incredibly dramatic in your landscaping.

Purple Rain Freesias are among the most prized potted and cut flowers grown indoors in cool, bright greenhouse conditions with good air circulation, as gift and houseplants, or as annual accents that can be stored for the winter. Native to South Africa, these corms are winter hardy outdoors year-round in USDA growing zones 9-10.

Planting and Application:

Fragrant Freesias are a favorite of florists! Tuck a few of these space-saving perennial bulbs in your cut flower and cottage garden borders! They are an elegant and delightful addition to flower arrangements that will last for several weeks. Since the stalks are free of foliage the blooms add clean and classic fuchsia drama to bouquets. Their showy petals with double petals look radiant!

Add bold color to planters and porch pots in the sun, or in garden beds and borders for pollinators and for your bouquets indoors! The vibrant blooms pop intensely making this flower hard to miss. You can make quite a dramatic impact on your landscaping by planting multiple Purple Rain Freesia in your garden. The color will be incredibly powerful and illuminating! They need lots of warmth and humidity, so planting them along your foundation, or in a sunny porch pot will be the perfect spot to keep them happy!

  • Deep Fuchsia Double Blooms
  • Multiple Blooms per Stem!
  • Great in Containers & Excellent Cut Flower
  • Peppery Sweet Scent
  • Great for Pollinators & Hummingbirds
  • Beds & Borders, Pots & Planters, Annual or Perennial

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant Freesia corms outdoors after any threat of spring frost has passed. When planted properly, they bloom profusely and won't disappoint you! You will want to find a warm spot in your garden. These spring beauties pop out of precious and delicate corms. These bulbs can be planted outdoors in the fall in zones 9 and 10 or in containers elsewhere. Many Northern gardeners also use theirs as annuals to make planting easy or bring them in for the winter as houseplants. Or, allow the foliage to die back naturally, then lift the bulbs after the first fall frost.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Warm Weather Bulbs
  • Moderate Moisture
  • Annual or Perennial Corms
  • Deadhead as Flowers Fade & Prune Down When Greenery Yellows

Double delight of saturated fuchsia blossoms, the Purple Rain Freesia perfumes and beautifies your garden, home and porch planters with its supreme blooms! Hurry and order your spring flowering summer-planted corms today at NatureHills.com and we'll ship at the proper bulb planting time in your zone!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Purple Rain Freesia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-10
Growing Zones 9-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Freesia 'Purple Rain'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 2 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time After Foliage Yellows