Alstroemeria Meanings

Commonly called Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas or Parrot Lily, Alstroemeria is known as a flower of friendship. Besides, alstroemeria is a symbolic of wealth, prosperity and fortune.

Basic information of Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria meanings

  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Super Division: Spermatophyta
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Class :Liliopsida
  • Order: Asparagales
  • Family: Alstroemeriaceae
  • Genus: Alstroemeria
  • Blooming time: during late spring or early summer
  • Colors: white, golden yellow, orange, apricot, pink, red, lavender and purple
  • Discoverer: Klaus von Alstromer, a Swedish baron and botanist, a pupil of the great botanical classifier Linnaeus, collected the seeds on a trip to Spain in 1753
  • Life time when cut: about 2 weeks

More interesting information

  • Number of the genus Alstroemeria: about 50 species.
  • Most modern hybrid Alstroemeria plants are propagated in a laboratory.
  • Many hybrids and about 190 cultivars of Alstroemeria have been developed
  • Alstroemeria flowers have no fragrance.
  • Not all Alstroemeria have striped petals.
  • Alstroemeria stops producing flowers if they get too hot (above about 22 degrees Celsius)

About Alstroemeria flower and plant

Alstroemeria is a monocot plant, whose flower is slightly zygomorphic with 3 sepals and 3 striped petals. These sepals and petals on this flower is similar in color and texture. Alstroemeria has 6 stamens, an undivided style and the inferior ovary with 3 carpels. Its leaves grow upside down, with the leaf twisting as it grows out from the stem, so that the bottom is facing upwards – much like the twists, turns and growth of our friendships.

Some species of Alstroemeria

  • Alstroemeria aurea - Lily of the Incas.

Alstroemeria's species Lily of the Incas

  • Alstroemeria aurantiaca - Peruvian Lily/Alstroemeria Princess Lily

Alstroemeria specires Princess Lily

  • Alstroemeria caryophyllacea - Brazilian Lily

Alstroemeria's species Brazilian Lily

  • Alstroemeria haemantha - Purplespot Parrot Lily
  • Alstroemeria ligtu - Lily-of-the-Nile

alstroemeria species lily of the nile

  • Alstroemeria psittacina - Lily of the Incas, White-edged Peruvian Lily/White Alstroemeria

White Alstroemeria

  • Alstroemeria pulchella - Parrot Lily, Parrot Flower, Red Parrot Beak, New Zealand Christmas Bell

Alstroemeria's species Parrot Lily

Growing Alstroemerias

  • Plant Alstroemeria in full sun, in well-drained soil.
  • Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.
  • Place the plants no deeper than they were growing in the containers.
  • Set the plants 1 foot apart.
  • Mulch around but not on top of the plants, with 3 inches of organic compost.
  • Water well until soil is completely moist.

Alstroemeria Plant Care

  • Cut off old flower stems with bypass pruners.
  • Mulch around but not on top of the plants in early spring, with 3 inches of organic compost.
  • Water well weekly until soil is completely moist especially summers, when there is no rain.

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