Alstroemeria (al-str-MEAR-ee-ah) is often referred to as the Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas, or Parrot Lily. It is a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae. They are all native to South America, although some have become naturalized in the United States and other countries.
While Alstroemeria was originally grown primarily for the cut flower trade, it is now known to make an outstanding perennial garden flower. These jewel-like beauties are prized for their long-lasting cut flowers, and will look great in a vase for over a week. The bi-colored blooms appear in early-summer and are attractive, mottled or veined, with contrasting colors.
- Description: Clusters of delicate, trumpet shaped flowers – siting on the end of short flower stalks.
- Colors: Purple, pink, dark pink, white, yellow, red, orange, and rust. Most colors are freckled or streaked with contrasting colors.
- USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 – 10. Other zones can grow them too; however, it will depend on the variety of plant you choose. Check with your gardening center for more information, or read the guidelines that usually comes with your plant.
- Water: They like moist soil, on a consistent basis. This is very important in the hot summer months.
- Light: They need full sun (or lightly filtered sunshine), with well-drained soil. They do appreciate a little shade in the hot afternoons, especially in Florida.
- Fertilization: It is best to do this when your Alstroemeria is in bloom. You can feed it with a high potash fertilizer each week when your flowers are blooming. Potash fertilizer contains potassium to help your plants thrive.
- Size: The plants grow 2 to 3 feet tall and are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.
- Bloom Season: Early Summer through Fall.
Alstroemeria bundles are always showcased in our local grocery store’s floral department, and can be inexpensive to buy in bunches. We often pair them with multiple sprays of Baby’s Breath flowers. Together, they make an awesome bouquet and offer a slightly sweet fragrance for all those that walk by.
Pink flowers are very popular at any time of the year, and especially nice for Valentine’s Day. There are so many beautiful pink plants available these days … from striped, mottled, and speckled! Whichever pink plant you choose, you can be assured it will provide an unexpected flush of color to your house and home. Enjoy!