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Commonly known as Peruvian lily, St. Martin's flower
Genus of about 50 species of perennials from mountain screes and grassland in South America.
The fleshy tubers spread to form clumps.
The flowers are long-lasting for a vase and should be plucked rather than cut though care must be taken as contact with the foliage can aggravate skin allergies.
TuberousClump-forming, fleshy-rooted perennial with narrow, lance-shaped leaves 7-12cm (3-5in) long on erect stems. Showy, funnel-shaped flowers with 6 tepals throughout the summer.
Full sunSheltered site
Additional FeaturesGood to knowGrown for their showy, funnel-shaped flowers. Good as cut flowers.Pests & DiseasesSlugs, viruses, red spider mite in greenhouse.Place of originSouth America.
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Buy Varieties of ALSTROEMERIA
yellow with red blotches
succession of deep pink flowers with gold centres
creamy-yellow and variegated foliage
vibrant yellow flowers
magenta flowers with yellow throats flecked with dark red
violet purple with darker purple markings
deep purple-pink with small, yellow flash
pink-purple with yellow flash
blush orange with speckled yellow throat