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Alstroemeria 'Louise' is a decorative perennial plant, with strong purple flowers with a lemon centre. It grows from a rhizome.
Princess lillies are a compact form of alstroemeria that will flower through spring, summer and autumn. Good for border and container growing, they are rarely troubled with pests or diseases. When not in flower, they form a neat compact mound of foliage. The flowers make excellent cut flowers.
Alstroemeria will flower well in sunny or part shaded conditions. In hotter areas they may need protection from the summer sun, so a position in dappled shade in the middle of the day would be preferred, as well as a layer of mulch. They can go dormant in the middle of summer, but will reshoot and flower in autumn. Drought tolerant when established, they will flower better with regular watering and feeding. Too much water can lead to rotting, as will planting the crown too deep.
Alstroemerias can be propagated by dividing when the plant forms a large clump.
Flower colour: purple and yellow
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter
Maximum height: 0.3 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 0.3 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Bees.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Root rot if too wet
Planting season: All.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser applied regularly through the flowering season..