1 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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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
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.
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
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.