How Fragrant Freesia got its Romantic Reputation

A flush of rainbow colours, small, perfectly formed flowers nodding in the breeze. Invading your senses with a rush of red, yellow, purple, pink and white, these natives of South Africa’s wild Cape Province are more than just a feast for the eyes. Their superpower is really their scent. Who knew this petite relation of the iris could produce such an imperious, heady fragrance? Vivid and clean, the freesia packs a punch that’s strong, but never too much, yet with a voice that can really sing.

Freesias were named by botanist Christian Ecklon after his colleague and friend, Friedrich Freese. And, fittingly, the flower came to symbolise friendship. During the Victorian age, freesias were said to represent trust between two people, with the colours having different meanings – yellow for renewal, pink for maternal love and white for innocence. That, of course, meant they became the perennial wedding guest, omnipresent in bridal bouquets and floral displays, thanks to their magical scent and curious zygomorphic ways (they only grow on one side of the stem). Their glorious, vibrant colours and fresh sweetness has provided the romantic ambience for many love-struck newlyweds’ special day.

Freesias are more than just,
a feast for the eyes. Their
superpower is their scent. 

In aromatherapy it’s believed that sitting in a room with a vase of cut freesias can help improve your mood. And who could fail to feel cheerier under the spell of all that fresh sensuousness? In the absence of carrying a bouquet around with you all day, we thought we’d go one better. Jo Malone London fragrance English Pear & Freesia bottles all the wonder of this heavenly scented bloom to lift your spirits. Combined with just-ripe pears and mellowed by amber, English Pear & Freesia is the essence of autumn – mellow, cool and golden.

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