Flowers 101: Alstroemeria

alstroemeria

Season: Alstroemeria is readily available all year round.

Cost: Expect to pay $1-$2 per stem of alstroemeria and since each stem has 3 to 5 blooms on it, these are a low cost, high impact flower.

Color: The base colors of alstroemeria include white, yellow, orange, purple, pink, dark pink and rust.  I say base colors because most of the these flowers are freckled with or have streaks of contrasting colors.  These are no solid colored flowers and have a lot of interest in them.

Hardiness: As long as the leaves are stripped off these (they bruise easily) you will find that these are hardy, long lasting flowers.

Pairings: Alstroemeria is mainly used as a filler flower or a backdrop to other flowers.  They are often used to add contrasting color to a single color bouquet.

Good Things to Know: Alstroemeria is also known as the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas.  They are native to South America – specifically Peru and Bolivia – and were brought to Europe in the 18th century by Swedish baron Clas Alströmer.

These flowers are in the same family as the onion and the daffodil.

There are over 190 different hybrid versions of the alstroemeria – tons of choices of colors and markings make this a really versatile flower.

By the way, if you can’t pick out the alstroemeria in the pictures above – look for striped petals.

Next up on Flowers 101: Tuberose

Picture credits
top row: Martha Stewart, Sprout Flowers, Highland Heights Floral, Emily’s Flowers
bottom row: Design House of Flowers, A Flower Patch, Rebecca Silver Rose, Flowers by Alma

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