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Name Sometimes called Ulster Mary (a corruption of the botanical name), or Peruvian lily from the country of origin.

Pronounced Alstro-Mary-Ah, discovered after a Swedish botanist Baron Klas von Alstroemer went on an expedition to South America, he collected numerous other seed species on this trip in 1753.

Description The flowers are like miniature lilies, with spotted or striped markings, shaded colour, or contrasting patches.
Colour Yellow, Hot Pink, White, Red
Availability All year round
Varieties Toscana (hot pink), Jive (yellow), Sacha (red), Virginia (white)
Care Tips Leaves wilt before flowers, so remove all foliage before putting in an arrangement. They will last about two weeks in water. Take care in transporting the flowers as the stem joints are brittle and easily broken.



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Alstroemeria is named after the Swedish botanist Baron Klas von Alstroemer. This South American flower's seeds were among many collected by von Alstroemer on a trip to Spain in 1753. Originated from Peru, Brazil and Chile where where they grow in cool mountainous regions.

Depending on species, the plants can be seen growing in all different locations from high in the mountains (+500metres) to the dry and sandy plains in South America


They are an extremely long lasting cut flower, the stalk of each flower has another (sometimes 2 or 3) extra small immature flowers on it, if cared for properly will also open giving a vase life of over 2 weeks.

An Alstromeria means devotion