Reminiscent of Azalea blossoms, Alstroemeria 'Princess Mathilde' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous perennial that features long-lasting, large, peachy-orange flowers flecked with burgundy. 'Princess Mathilde' is an eminent member of the Princess Series, famed for their short, compact stature and excellent branching that leads to abundant flowering.
- Blooming fromearly summer to early fall, this Peruvian Lily constitutes an excellent border plant, providing striking color and contrast to the perennial border and mixes beautifully with annuals and other summer flowering bulbs. It is well suited to containers, to small gardens lacking space, and to the cutting garden as it makes excellent fresh cut flowers. Great as accent plants (plant a minimum of 3 plants for best visual impact), spectacular in mass plantings.
- Growing up to 10-14 in. tall (25-35 cm) on stems clad with narrow green leaves, it performs best in fullsun or light shade and enjoys fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Good moisture is required and dry soils should be avoided. Select a spot that is sheltered from the wind. Hardy once established, it will need mulching through winter
- Reliable, easy to grow, low maintenance, beloved by butterflies and other pollinators but ignored by deer.
- Generally disease free. May be damaged by slugs.
- 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.
- Propagate by division in fall or very early spring.
- Contact may cause skin allergies.