June 27, 2020
Commonly called Lilies Of The Incas, Peruvian Lily, Princess Lily or Parrot Lily, Alstroemerias are named after Swedish botanist Baron Klas von Alstroemer. Originally from the cool mountainous regions of The Andes, most species originated in either central Chile or eastern Brazil, though they have become naturalized in the United States and several other countries. Those species from Chile are winter growing plants, whereas those from Brazil bloom during the summer.
Alstroemerias, a staple of most bouquets of flowers, are a member of the Alstroemeriaceae plant family, with fifty different species. They flower in a variety of colors, including purple, red, orange, pink and white, blooming between June and October. Each bloom has three sepals, three petals, six stamens and a style. With three to five flowers on each stem, they provide a full appearance as cut flowers. Cut flowers will last up to two weeks. An interesting bit of information about these plants is that their leaves appear to grow upside down. Each leaf twists as it grows out from the stem, and as such, the bottom ends up face upward.
Alstroemerias are considered an easy plant to grow. Hardy perennials, they love the full morning sun, and some shade during hot afternoons. Thriving in zones six through ten, these plants may stop producing flowers if their root systems get too hot. Their roots develop tubers, allowing the plant to store both water and nutrients, letting them survive in periods of drought. These tubers also enable a gardener to divide the plant easily. Liking a well-drained soil, too much water can cause the tubers to rot; Alstroemerias are also thought to be deer resistant.
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Steven H. Spring