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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.
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.
Flowers last well when used for floral arrangements. Borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.
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.
Propagate by seed or division in early spring.
Slugs and red spider mites may be problematic.
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