Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)
Alstroemeria, also known as Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, is a perennial plant famous for its stunningly vibrant, lily-like blooms and long-lasting cut flowers. These summer-flowering perennials originate from South America and are hardy in USDA zones 7-10.
Habit: Alstroemeria typically grows 1-3 feet (30-90 cm) tall, forming dense clumps of upright stems clothed with dark green, lance-shaped, slightly twisted leaves that showcase unique “resupinate” characteristics, twisting at the base so that what appears to be the upper leaf surface is in fact the lower leaf surface.
Hardiness: Alstroemeria is winter hardy to about 23-28°F (-5 to -2°C), but with proper mulching, it can withstand temperatures slightly lower. In colder climates, they can be grown as annuals or in containers and moved indoors over winter.
Flowers: Alstroemeria produces clusters of numerous lily-like flowers in a vast array of colors, including pink, orange, red, purple, yellow, apricot, and white. Each flower often displays speckles, streaks, or blotches of contrasting colors and is lightly fragrant. The blooming period extends from late spring to early fall, with peak flowering usually in early summer.
Uses and Benefits: Alstroemerias are fantastic for border displays, cottage gardens, patio containers, and cutting gardens due to their vibrant colors and extended bloom time. They are excellent cut flowers and are often found in bouquets and floral arrangements where they can last for two weeks. Additionally, they attract butterflies, adding an extra touch of life and beauty to the garden.