This perennial native of Africa is in the Iridaceae (Iris family). They are herbaceous plants that usually bloom from July to August. The flowers are strongly scented and are often used to scent hand creams, shampoos, and candles.
Freesia first appeared in the nursery trade in England in 1878. Although there is no record of how it appeared in England, it quickly spread to Europe and to America. It very quickly became a popular favorite everywhere it was introduced.
I first saw this plant in the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. At the time it was not labeled, but I took pictures anyway! The scent was wonderful, and drew me back to other plants placed around the Conservatory, until I finally found one plant that was labeled and identified!