Alstroemeria or Peruvian lily is a common cut flower often used in floral bouquets. It is a versatile perennial that's hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8. The orchid-like flowers come in a variety of colors including yellow, pink, red, and lavender. However, as beautiful as the flowers are, up until now, none had a fragrance.
'Sweet Laura' is the first fragrant alstroemeria available. It features 9 to 12 yellow flowers per stem; flowers have red-orange highlights and a sweet scent. The plant stands 2 to 3 feet tall and blooms in mid-summer. In cool areas it grows best in full sun on well drained, humus-rich soil. Although more heat-tolerant than other alstroemeria varieties, give the plants some afternoon shade in hot summer areas.
For more information on this new fragrant alstroemeria, go to: Brent and Becky Bulbs.
Article published on December 17, 2008.