Peruvian Lily

Alstroemeria spp.

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Propagation

Seed

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.

Division

In Autumn or very early Spring

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies and bees.

Pot plant

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

South America

Natural climate

Temperate or cool climates

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Chalk, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family

Alstroemeriaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Yellow, Multicoloured, White, Pink, Orange, Red

Scent

None

Problems

Also susceptible to some viruses
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