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Alstroemeria aurea (Peruvian Lily)

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One of the hardiest Peruvian Lilies, Alstroemeria aurea is a tuberous perennial with terminal clusters of small, brilliant orange or golden-yellow, orchid-like flowers, often adorned with spotting and streaking. Bringing a cheerful note to the garden, they bloom profusely for weeks above the handsome foliage of lance-shaped, green leaves. Since they never fail to create a magnificent display, many selections and hybrids are now available in a wide array of colors, including orange, yellow, red, pink, purple, lavender, salmon, and white.  

  • Blooming from early to mid-summer, this Peruvian Lily constitutes an excellent border plant, providing striking color and contrast to the perennial border and mixing beautifully with annuals and other summer flowering bulbs. Great as accent plants (plant a minimum of 3 plants for best visual impact), spectacular in mass plantings.
  • Growing in a bushy, slowly expanding clump, up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm), this Peruvian Lily performs best in full sun 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.

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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. Resembling lilies with their attractive trumpet-like flowers, they grow from tuberous roots which spread outward, gradually increasing the plant size each year – provided some basic rules are respected.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 7 - 12
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Alstroemeriaceae
Genus Alstroemeria
Common names Peruvian Lily
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Depth 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Bees, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Alstroemeria ligtu hybrids (Peruvian Lily)
Alstroemeria Inticancha ‘Magic White’ (Peruvian Lily)
Alstroemeria ‘Prima Donna’ (Peruvian Lily)
Alstroemeria ‘Bali’ (Peruvian Lily)
Alstroemeria psittacina (Parrot Lily)
Alstroemeria ‘Cleo’ (Peruvian Lily)

Recommended Companion Plants

Veronica longifolia ‘Blue Giant’ (Speedwell)
Phlomis russeliana (Jerusalem Sage)
Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ (Catmint)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 7 - 12
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Alstroemeriaceae
Genus Alstroemeria
Common names Peruvian Lily
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Depth 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Bees, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Do I Need?
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