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Alstroemerias are sometimes known as Peruvian lilies in reference to their South American origins. They grow from a bulbous rhizome. They have long been popular as a cut flower due to their long vase life and the delicate beauty of their intricately marked flowers. More recently plant breeders have perfected some wonderful compact varieties that are perfect for pots and garden borders.
Princess lilies are drought tolerant when established, perennial plants that grow to a height of 30-40cm and are clump-forming. They prefer a well-lit position with good drainage and should be protected from the worst of the summer heat with mulches or by moving pots to shadier positions at that time of year. They are troubled by few pests and diseases.
Flower colour: numerous
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 0.3 metres
Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5-6
Planting season: any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose.