Alstroemeria Plant Features
Once grown primarily for the cut flower trade, alstroemeria, also known as Peruvian lily, makes an outstanding perennial garden flower. These jewel-like beauties are prized for their long-lasting cut flowers that will look great in a vase for over two weeks. The pink, yellow, orange, white, purple, salmon, red, or bi-colored blooms appear in mid-summer and are attractively mottled or veined with contrasting colors. The plants grow 2 to 3 feet tall and are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. Zones 6-10.
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Alstroemeria Growing Instructions
Alstroemeria is a sun lover that appreciates a little afternoon shade in the hotter parts of the country. Native to Chile, alstroemeria can tolerate dry conditions, but does best in a rich, slightly moist soil. In Northern states, grow alstroemeria in containers and bring the plants indoors over the winter and store in a cool basement with minimal watering.
If grown in containers, alstroemeria may require staking to prevent the plants from flopping over. Remove the faded blooms as they appear to encourage new crops of flowers. Be cautious when planting alstroemeria because the roots can be brittle and break easily.
This plant is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Moist, well-drained soil
Complement your Alstroemeria with these varieties:
Add some Asparagus Fern to pots and planters to use as a filler in a bouquet of Alstroemeria.
Pair Alstroemeria with another upright perennial such as Feather Reed Grass. The grass will mimic the vertical form of the Alstroemeria and both can be cut for flower arrangements.
The gray foliage of Artemisia blends well with the flowers of Alstroemeria.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'
Indian Summer is an outstanding variety that shows off orange-yellow flowers all summer long over variegated foliage. It grows 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
Alstroemeria Princess Amina
‘Princess Amina’ produces bold orange flowers from early spring to frost. It makes an amazing cut flower and grows 15 to 18 inches tall.
Alstroemeria 'Princess Letizia'
Deep red blooms with eye-catching yellow throats make ‘Princess Letizia’ alstroemeria a standout selection and a truly terrific cut flower.
Alstroemeria 'Princess Sara'
Enjoy armloads of pale orange flowers, softly suffused with pink and yellow highlights with ‘Princess Sara’ alstroemeria.