Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria psittacina) in the Peruvian Lilies Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10a
Plant Height: 2-5 feet tall
Fruit: Dehiscent
Pops open explosively when ripe
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: The seeds (both species and hybrids) should be sown in the fall where night time temperature is around 40-50F and day time temperature is lower than (68F.
Sow in situ
Other info: Soak seeds for 24 hrs.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Alstroemeria psittacina aka A. pulchellaAlstroemeria psittacina aka A. pulchella
By greene on May 21, 2014

Alstroemeria: beautiful or invasive and irritating?

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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-05-29
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2010-05-07
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Location: La Plata, Argentina
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2011-10-30
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Location: my garden Date: 2013-05-28
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Location: Savannah, Georgia (my garden)Date: 2014-05-14
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Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330Date: 2017-05-26
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2010-05-07
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Location: my garden Date: 2013-06-22
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Location: my garden - backDate: 2015-01-14It is taken over much of the bed
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Posted by JaxFlaGardener (Jacksonville, FL) on May 3, 2012 3:55 PM

The easiest method of propagation of this plant is by division of the tubers, which are about the size of an unhulled peanut.

In my climate, it can be quite invasive, so you may want to grow it in a pot until you see how quickly it can spread. Any portion of the tuber left in the ground will grow new plants.

Jeremy

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 23, 2012 6:01 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.

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Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 6, 2020 11:54 AM

For best results (if planting more than one of these plants), space each one of them at least a foot apart.
Landscape uses:
Use Peruvian lilies at the middle or the back of a wide border or as the centerpiece in an island bed. They make excellent cut flowers.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On June 23, 2020 Bloomed
Dig up - thinned; gave some to friends
piksihk On June 23, 2020 Bloomed
Dig up - thinned; gave some to friends
piksihk On May 19, 2019 Bloomed
piksihk On May 20, 2018 Bloomed
piksihk On May 25, 2016 Bloomed
the clump at HW
piksihk On October 1, 2015 Plant emerged
piksihk On September 29, 2015 Plant emerged
dug up some tubers - for fall sale
piksihk On May 18, 2015 Bloomed
back bed
piksihk On October 17, 2014 Plant emerged
It has taken over the bed; not affected at all by the cold weather we've had;
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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