The common names for the half hardy perennial Alstroemeria include Peruvian lily and Lily of the incas and lily of Peru.
They typically flower in the summer, though some species can be earlier or later than this.
Alstroemeria are fairly large plants that should be grown in their own beds as they have invasive tendencies.
They have beautiful trumpet shaped flowers and bluey green leaves.
Alstroemeria photograph by Kanegen.
It is best to sow Peruvian lily just below the soil surface, with a spacing of 35 to 50 cm in the early spring.
Alstroemeria prefers full sunlight but can be grown in light shade. The soil should be well drained and humus rich; it is important that the soil is well broken and aired prior to planting. Alstroemeria requires between two weeks and a year to germinate. When growing indoors prior to planting out in the spring it is best to grow the plants for 7 to 9 weeks in peat pots.
Alstroemeria plants are fairly easy to take care of: they require feeding in the late winter, and should be staked.
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