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Lily of the Incas – Alstroemeria Lilies

alstroemeria lilies

Alstroemeria lilies flowers commonly called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas, is a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae, mainly from the cool, mountainous regions. They are all native to South America although some have become naturalized in the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Madeira and the Canary Islands. Alstroemeria flower is symbolic of wealth, prosperity and fortune. It is also the flower of friendship.

Alstroemeria is a slightly zygomorphic (bilaterally symmetrical) flower with 3 sepals and 3, generally, striped petals. The sepals and petals on the Alstroemeria are similar in color and texture. Alstroemeria is more like grass where the veins go up the leaves but none branching across. Their leaves are upside down. The leaf twists as it leaves the stem so that the bottom is facing upwards.

Some Species of Alstroemeria Lilies

Interesting Facts about Alstroemeria Lilies

  • Many hybrids and about 190 cultivars of Alstroemeria have been developed, with different markings and colors, ranging from white, golden yellow, orange; to apricot, pink, red, purple and lavender.
  • Alstroemeria flowers have no fragrance.
  • Alstroemeria flowers have a vase life of about two weeks.
  • Not all Alstroemeria have striped petals.
  • Alstroemeria stops producing flowers if they get too hot.
  • Alstroemeria flowers bloom during late spring or early summer.
  • Alstroemeria comes in orange, pink, rose, purple, red, yellow, white or salmon colors.
  • Alstroemeria is named after the Swedish botanist Klas von Alstroemer, who was a pupil of the great botanical classifier Linnaeus.
  • The genus Alstroemeria consists of about 50 species.
  • Most modern hybrid Alstroemeria plants are propagated in a laboratory.

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