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Herbaceous Perennial

Alstroemeria aurea

Peruvian lily

A. aurea is one of the hardiest of the genus, with yellow or orange-yellow flowers, patterned with brown dots, in June-July . It spreads vigorously, but the roots are brittle so care is needed when transplanting. Many selections and hybrids are now available in a large range of colours. Pulling, rather than cutting, stems for cut flowers will encourage repeat flowering

Synonyms
Alstroemeria aurantiaca
Alstroemeria aurea orange

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Orange Yellow Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Alstroemeriaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Contact may cause skin allergies. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Alstroemeria are fleshy rooted herbaceous perennials forming spreading clumps of erect stems bearing narrowly lance-shaped leaves, with umbels of showy funnel-shaped flowers in summer

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Chile, Argentina

How to grow

Cultivation

Plant tubers 20cm deep (8in) deep in late summer or early autumn. Protect roots in winter with a dry mulch for the first two winters in frost prone areas. In an alpine house, grow in a mix of loam, leaf mould and sharp sand. In the growing season, apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly and water sparingly in winter

Propagation

Propagate by division in autumn or very early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Cut flowers
  • Wall side borders
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back stems and foliage at the end of the growing season as it dies away for the winter

Pests

Slugs and snails may damage plants. Glasshouse red spider mite may be troublesome under glass

Diseases

A virus disease may affect alstroemerias

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