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Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria has at least 190 cultivars have been developed, featuring many different markings and colors, including white, yellow, orange, apricot, pink, red, purple, and lavender. The most popular and showy hybrids commonly grown today result from crosses between species from Chile (winter-growing) with species from Brazil (summer-growing). This strategy has overcome the problem of seasonal dormancy and resulted in plants that are evergreen, or nearly so, and flower for most of the year. This breeding work derives mainly from trials that began in the United States in the 1980s. The flower, which resembles a miniature lily, is very popular for bouquets and flower arrangements in the commercial cut flower trade. Alstroemeria pelegrina Most cultivars available for the home garden will bloom in the late spring and early summer. The roots are hardy to a temperature of 23 °F. The plant requires at least six hours of morning sunlight, regular water, and well-drained soil.[5]