Thursday, February 2, 2012

Peruvian Lily

Alstroemeria

A genus of long-lived perennials that are native to South America.
While most species bloom during summer, the ones from Mediterranean parts of Chile grow and flower during the winter rainy season. Thy are very deep rooted and drought tolerant. This plant resents transplanting and the thick tubers should be handled carefully. The average germination rate of the seeds is 1%. Soaking seeds in hydrogen peroxide for up to 30 minutes before planting may help

* photos taken on April 12 2012 in Columbia, MD




* photo taken on May 8 2015 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on July 26 2016 in Columbia, MD


Alstroemeria aurantiaca ( Peruvian Lily )
Reaches up to 3 x 3 feet.
The lance-shaped leaves are gray-green.
The trumpet-shaped flowers are borne in clusters.
Hardy zones 8 to 9 ( 6 and 7 if heavily mulched during winter ) in full sun ( some afternoon shade where very hot ) on very well drained soil. They are tougher and easier to transplant than other species and can be divided..especially if clumps grow thick and start to loose their vigor. The tubers should be planted 10 inches deep.

Alstroemeria 'Glory of the Andes'
A form of Alstromeria 'Sweet Laura' with very attractive foliage that is boldly margined in yellow.

Alstroemeria 'Inca Exotica'
Flowers are yellow and red.
The hardiest of the Alstroemerias, solidly hardy in zone 5 Michigan,

* photos taken on June 10 2013 in Columbia, MD


Alstroemeria 'Inca Ice'
Similar to 'Inca Exotica' except with very profuse flowers that are pale pink and cream.

Alstroemeria 'Ligtu Hybrids'
Reaches up to 4 x 2.5 feet in size, with red, orange or yellow flowers. A single clump may produce up to 24 stems.
The narrow leaves, up to 4 inches in length, are bright green.
They are among the hardiest of all Alstroemeria. In cold winter climates, it goes dormant from mid-summer through the winter. The root systems may be up to 3 + feet deep.

Alstromeria psittacina
A vigorous growing, tuberous, semi-evergreen perennial, reaching up to 15 inches x 4 feet.
The deep red ( with brown spotting ) flowers are borne over a long season during summer.
It makes for a great cut flower. A form called 'Variegata' is nearly identical except for the attractive boldly white margined foliage.
Hardy zones 5 to 8.

Alstromeria 'Rock and Roll'
A perennial, reaching up to 3 x 2.5 feet, with yellow ( fading to creamy-white ) leaves that are margined in green.
The intense scarlet-red flowers are borne late spring into early autumn.
Hardy zones 8b to 9.

Alstroemeria 'Sweet Laura'
A vigorous but slowly rhizomatous spreading perennial, reaching a maximum height of 3 feet.
The foliage is gray-green.
The sweetly-fragrant, abundant, yellow ( spotted deep red ) flowers are borne early summer to early autumn.
Hardy zones 5 to 9 in full sun to partial shade, this hybrid is tolerant of heat and humidity in the southeastern U.S. Deer resistant.

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