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Alstroemeria pelegrina - L.
                 
Common Name Peruvian Lily
Family Amaryllidaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards Some people are sensitive to this plant and skin contact with the sap can cause them to get dermatitis[65].
Habitats Sand dunes along the coast[187]. Coastal: grasslands, rocky slopes and shrublands from sea level to elevations of 3500 metres.
Range S. America - Chile, Peru.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Alstroemeria pelegrina Peruvian Lily


Alstroemeria pelegrina Peruvian Lily
   
Physical Characteristics
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Alstroemeria pelegrina is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[177]. A source of starch[177].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Requires a fertile, moisture retentive well-drained soil and a warm situation in sun or semi-shade[200]. Prefers a dry sheltered border and a peaty loam[1]. Requires a well-drained soil that stays moist in the summer[187]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[233]. Possibly hardy to about -10°c[187]. Another report suggests that plants will only tolerate light frosts, but they should prove hardy in selected sites in the mildest areas of the country[200]. The roots should be planted 15 - 20cm deep when dormant in late summer to autumn and then be well mulched to protect them from severe winter weather. Somewhat intolerant of root disturbance[1], the roots are fleshy and brittle[200].
Propagation
Seed - best sown in individual pots in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe although seedlings can be transplanted successfully if they are moved with care whilst small. Pre-soak stored seed for 12 hrs in warm water, warm stratify for 4 weeks at 25°c and then reduce the temperature to 10°c. Excising a small bit of the seed near the embryo after the seed has been warm stratified helps to speed up the germination process[164]. Plant out about 20cm deep into their permanent positions in late summer or autumn[200]. Division in April or October with care since the plant resents root disturbance[133]. Ensure each portion has a growth bud[111].

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Conservation Status
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Elizabeth H.
JACKIE RODRIGUEZ DE GUZMAN Mon Mar 6 2006
CAN I KNOW WHY IT'S CALL LILY OF THE INCAS? OR INCA LILY?
Elizabeth H.
Jo Ellen Porter Thu Apr 27 2006
Can anyone tell me how to get rid of these plants? They are so invasive, and nothing seems to kill them. Digging them up only seems to encourage them. They're killing my grass and shrubs. Ugh!
Elizabeth H.
jackie weiss Mon Mar 12 2007
the genus alstroemeria is in the family alstroemeriaceae, a member of the order liliales. the Amaryllidaceae are a member of the asparagales, and entirely different order in the liliopsida. check this taxonomy browser on the national center for biotechnology website, and alstroemeria can be entered as well to verify it's placement in its own family, within the liliales. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Taxonomy/Browser/wwwtax.cgi?id=4668
Elizabeth H.
Ken Fern, Plants for a Future Tue Apr 24 2007
Sorry - totally our mistake. I'm afraid that a clerical error moved this plant (and the others in the genus) to the family Amaryllidaceae. The error has been corrected in our database and should be corrected on line in the near future. Thanks very much for pointing out our error.
Elizabeth H.
Dorothy Prenter Fri Oct 30 2009
My Alstroemeria is growinr out of control. please how can I kill some and control thwe rest.
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