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Amazing Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria . . . what's that?
A question we are asked frequently by customers who call to order flowers.
Alstroemeria is a plant native to south america, and now successfully cultivated world-wide.
Also known as the Peruvian Lily, alstroemeria produces small lily-like blossoms in a huge variety of colours, with the petals usually featuring stripes or spots. Quite possibly one of the most under-rated and under-valued flowers around, alstroemeria is a favourite of florists due to its delicate, pretty blossoms, and its extraordinary longevity!

Facts about Alstoemeria:

  • In the language of flowers, Alstoemeria symbolises prosperity and good fortune
  • Hybrids commonly grown today result from crosses between species from Chile (winter-growing) with species from Brazil (summer-growing). This strategy has resulted in plants that flower year-round.
  • named after the Swedish baron Clas Alströmer (1736 – 1794)
  • blossoms are fragrance-free
  • Alstroemeria stops producing blossoms if it gets too hot (soil temp exceeds 22c)
  • Alstroemeria come in almost all colours, except for blue.

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