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Alstroemeria Princess lily

Peruvian lily, Lily of the Incas

Easy to grow producing masses of exotic looking flowers

Alstroemerias are wonderful perennials with exotic blooms that are remarkably long lasting. In a sheltered spot they will spread to produce more flowers every year for several months from early summer. The trumpet shaped blooms come in a range of colours, often flushed gold and flecked with black on the inner petals giving an orchid like appearance to the individual flowers. They make excellent cut flowers.

Where?

Thrives in sun or semi-shade in beds and borders or in pots or containers. Ideal to mix with other perennials and roses.

How?

Any well-drained fertile soil. No support required in sheltered situations. 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 20 cm - 25 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
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 Cottage garden, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From February to September