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Peruvian Lily

Alstroemeria aurea

Also known as

Yellow Alstroemeria, Lily-of-the-Incas

Photo by John Barkla (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

90cm

Max

60cm

30cm

Min

30cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Alstroemeria aurea flower
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Alstroemeria aurea flower

Peruvian Lily Overview

Alstroemeria aurea, commonly known as Inca lily, is a herbaceous perennial that form spreading clumps of erect stems of about 30 - 80 cm tall. In summer, they produce prolific umbels of beautiful, yellow, funnel-shaped flowers - often spotted or streaked. The specific epithet (aurea) means 'golden'. Inca lilies make for excellent, long-lasting cut flowers. Be careful when harvesting or handling this plant the foliage may exacerbate skin allergies. Inca lilies need well-draining soil and should not be left to sit in waterlogged soil as the fleshy tubers are prone to rotting. Inca lilies enjoy a position in full morning sun and some shade in the afternoon. During the growing season, feed your Alstroemerias with a high potash fertilizer once every week to encourage flowering. Stems that are done flowering can be removed by twisting it at the base of the plant, and flowers can be deadheaded to prevent seed formation. Also be sure to mulch well around the roots, especially in colder regions. Inca lilies are easy to propagate via division.

Common problems with Peruvian Lily

Susceptible to red spider mites under glass, slugs and snails can cause damage to emerging foliage.

How to propagate Peruvian Lily

Division

Inca lilies can be easily propagated via division, usually done in spring or autumn. Start by cutting down your plant, and after about two weeks lift the tubers, along with its roots, and divide with a sharp, sterilized knife. Replant the tubers. Mulch and water well.

Seed

Soak seeds for 12 hours and sow in seed trays with potting soil. Germination will be slow. Transplant seedlings after 4-6 weeks. Take care with brittle roots when transplanting seedlings.

Special features of Peruvian Lily

Prized for cut flowers

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Peruvian Lily

Ornamental, borders. Known as an excellent cut flower, they are popular among florists and gardeners alike not only for their colour, but for their delicate fragrance.

Cut flowers