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Alstroemeria are a genus of herbaceous perennials that form spreading clumps of erect stems bearing narrow, lance-shaped leaves. In Summer, they produce prolific umbels of showy funnel-shaped flowers - often spotted or streaked - that come in numerous colours. They spread naturally and are generally grown in mixed/herbaceous borders. Some species are popular as cut flowers. These fleshy-rooted plants from the mountain screes and grasslands of South America are also available as dwarf varieties which are best grown under glass as alpines. Alstroemeria foliage may exacerbate skin allergies.
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Soak seeds for 12 hours and sow in seed trays with potting soil. Germination will be slow. Transplant seedlings after 4-6 weeks. Take care with brittle roots when transplanting seedlings.
In Autumn or very early Spring
Attracts useful insects
Attracts butterflies and bees.
Temperate or cool climates
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Chalk, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Alkaline, Acid
Purple, Yellow, Multicoloured, White, Pink, Orange, Red
Also susceptible to some viruses