An essential component of many bouquets thanks to their long vase life (over 2 weeks), Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria) are striking beauties that also deserve a spot outdoors. Borne in loose clusters, their 2 in. (5 cm) exotic blossoms are often streaked or freckled and are available in a fabulous range of colors. Resembling lilies with their attractive trumpet-like flowers, they do not grow from true bulbs but rather grow from tuberous roots which spread outward, gradually increasing the plant size each year.

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  • Blooming for weeks from late spring to fall, these showy lilies are exuberant and profuse bloomers with up to 80 flowering stems a year! Requiring minimal maintenance, they constitute excellent border plants, providing striking color and contrast to the perennial border. They are ideally suited to containers and are perfect for small gardens lacking space. Great as accent plants (plant a minimum of 3 plants for best visual impact), spectacular in mass plantings, they also make excellent cut flowers!
  • Growing up to 1-3 ft tall (30-90 cm) on stems clad with whorled or scattered, narrow green to dark green leaves, they perform best in full sun or slightly filtered sunshine, light and well-drained soils. Select a spot that is sheltered from the wind. Water them regularly and they will thrive! If planted deeply (4-6 in. or 10-15 cm) and covered with a thick mulch cover in late fall, most will reliably over-winter outside.
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Alstroemeria 'Mars'

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Alstroemeria 'Sunlight'

  • There are many different varieties of Peruvian Lilies: some as low-growing (up to 12 in. or 30 cm) while others can be as tall as 3 feet high (90 cm). In most cases, the tall lilies will require staking. Some are hardier than others. You will have to be careful in your selection.
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Alstroemeria 'Mathilde'

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Alstroemeria 'Inticancha White'

  • Alstroemeria should be planted outdoors in spring after the risk of frost has passed.
  • Pull stems from the base to promote new blooms (instead of cutting). Deadhead the spent flowers to prevent this plant from multiplying too much via self-seeding.