Alstroemeria - Alstroemeria aurantiaca
Alstroemeria is sometimes called Lily of the Incas, Ulster Mary or Peruvian lily. They are native to South America (hence their common name) but are also available and hugely popular all around the world. Peruvian lilies are also called alstroemeria after the Swedish botanist, Baron Von Alstroemer. He introduced the flower to Europe in the 18th century when he brought seeds back from a trip to South America.
Alstroemeria have dark green leaves and long stems which are topped with several flowers that look just like miniature lilies. They come in a huge number of vibrant colours with spotted or striped markings, shaded colour and contrasting patches. These dainty, unique flowers are very popular in arrangements and are very long lasting despite their delicate appearance.
Alstroemerias carry meaningful messages in the language of flowers, particularly friendship and devotion as well as wealth, prosperity and fortune.
Did you know...
Alstroemeria leaves are ‘resupinate’ which means they grow upside down, with the leaf twisting as it grows out from the stem so that the bottom faces upwards.