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Alstroemeria Genus

Peruvian lily

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterDry

Description

Alstroemeria genus (Peruvian lily). This large genus contains mostly summer-flowering, tuberous perennials from South America that bear showy and profuse, multi-coloured flowers from spring to summer. They are upright and have wiry stems which bear scattered thin twisted leaves which are found mainly on the upper half. The flowers are produced in umbels of outward-facing flowers.

Characteristics

Perennials, Herbaceous

Origin

S. America

The genus was named after the Swedish botanist Baron Clas Alstromer 1736-94, a pupil of Linnaeus at Uppsala University who travelled widely collecting plants for Linnaeus.

Interest and use

Flowers last well when used for floral arrangements. Borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

Frost hardy, but in very cold winters protect by covering dormant tubers with dry bracken or loose peat. Needs a well drained soil in a sunny, sheltered site.

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division in early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and red spider mites may be problematic.

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