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Alstroemeria Inca Bandit

Peruvian lily, Princess lily, Lily of the Incas

Masses of large red flowers in through the summer

The exotic blooms of this dwarf alstromeria are remarkably long lasting and relatively large, creating a striking effect on this dwarf, compact plant. A flared trumpet of glowing red petals, flecked with black on the inner petals gives the individual blooms an orchid-like appearance.  In a sheltered spot this is a wonderful long-term garden plant which will spread to produce more flowers every year for several months from early summer.


Grows in sun or semi-shade at the front of a border or in a pot or container. Perfect for patios, courtyards and balconies.


Any well-drained fertile soil. No support required. Protect new shoots from slugs and frost. Dies down in winter, leaving the fleshy rhizomes beneath the soil to perform again next year.  

Also known as lily of the Incas, alstroemerias are natives of South America

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering May - October
Evergreen No
Plant height 25 cm - 35 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 40 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 35 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Patio container

Typically available

From February to September