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  • Peruvian lily collection

The RHS award winning Alstroemeria collection

Peruvian lily collection

Pot size 1 collection
1 collection
3 collections

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow growing to average
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Other features: contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Prolific and colourful, the Peruvian lilies in this collection will start flowering in summer, and usually continue until the first frosts. These hard-working perennials can play a valuable role in mixed or herbaceous borders, and their flowers last well after being cut and added to fresh arrangements. The species are found colonising open grassland and rocky hillsides in South America, where they thrive in fertile, well drained soils, which area reliably moist throughout the summer. Resentful of root disturbance, they should be left undisturbed in the garden until they have formed a good-sized clump. They will also benefit form the protection of a dry mulch in winter for their first few years. Alstroemeria breeders today are constantly introducing new hybrids, which have an extended flowering period. These are very popular with florists as their flowers can last up to 2 weeks in a vase. Care should be taken when handling them as contact with foliage or the sap may aggravate skin allergies.

    In each collection you will receive 1 bare root plant of each of the following:

    Alstroemeria 'Spitfire':Upright stems are clothed with green leaves that have a creamy yellow edge, and are crowned with rich orange-red flowers, each with a yellow splotch near the base of the inner petals. Ideal for adding dazzling colour to borders with a hot colour theme. Height to 90cm

    Alstroemeria 'Sirius':Soft pink flowers, which are heavily flecked with brownish-red markings on their yellow-based inner petals, appear in abundance on this exotic-looking cultivar. Compact in habit, it is also suitable for pots and containers. Height to 65cm

    Alstroemeria 'Cahors':Rose pink outer tepals are streaked with magenta and have a pale lemon flush, while the smaller butter-yellow inner petals, have pink tips and numerous dark coloured streaks. It looks magnificent when planted with rich plums and strong pinks. Height to 80cm

  • Garden care: Newly planted Alstroemerias should be given a very generous 20cm (8") deep mulch of chipped bark in their first winter to help the plants become established. In subsequent autumns, provide a dry mulch of bracken or bark chippings will help protect the crowns. After flowering cut back the faded flower-stems, but make sure you always wear gloves when working with Peruvian lilies, as contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation.