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Alstroemeria aurea - Graham.

Common Name Peruvian Lily
Family Amaryllidaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards Some people are sensitive to this plant and skin contact with the sap can cause them to get dermatitis[65].
Habitats Moist woodland[187].
Range S. America - S. Chile
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Alstroemeria aurea Peruvian Lily


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Alstroemeria aurea Peruvian Lily

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Summary

Bloom Color: Orange. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Alstroemeria aurea is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 8-Feb It is in flower from Jun to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) 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 moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

A. aurantiaca. D.Don.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Although no reports have been seen for this species, the root of many members of this genus are edible and a source of starch that is very nutritious. It is most likely that this species can be used in the same way.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Foundation, Massing. Requires a fertile, moisture retentive well-drained soil and a warm situation in sun or semi-shade[200]. Another report says that it is easily grown in any soil in sun or part shade[190]. Established plants are drought tolerant[190]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[233]. Plants have proved very tolerant of neglect on our trial grounds in Cornwall, one clump grew and thrived in rank grass for a number of years until increasing shade from trees began to reduce its vigour[K]. This is the hardiest member of the genus, tolerating temperatures down to between -10 and -15°c, especially if the roots are mulched in the winter[187]. Young plants are best given a protective mulch for their first winter or two[233]. Somewhat intolerant of root disturbance[1], the roots are fleshy and brittle[200]. The plant can be rather invasive, spreading by means of thin fleshy roots[187]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Suitable for cut flowers.

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]. This species is so prolific that large clumps can be dug up in late summer for re-establishment[233].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Graham.

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Readers comment

Jack   Sat Oct 4 21:53:25 2003

Link: ? Might be of some added use to your otherwise most brilliant site. Thanks for being there!

ak jinn   Tue Apr 13 12:59:58 2004

It also grows in southern Argentina in places where temperatures usually drop to - 20 degrees celcius, in shade it can reach 3 feet, in sunny locations 1 - 2 feet, yellow or orange, big yellow spheric seeds, very prolific, seeds are released by late summer. The roots form bulbs which where eaten by the aborigines, also used to make flour. Replaces the potatoes. In patagonia, it flowers during all january, releasing seeds in late february - early march

ukjy   Tue Apr 13 13:13:47 2004

Also called amancay

Somermoone   Fri Jul 7 2006

It doesn't seem to be too picky here in Nothwestern Washinton State. It grows with or with out much water and limited sun.

davesgarden great gardening site with TONS of info!

vamshi   Thu Jan 24 2008

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MARIA   Mon Mar 17 2008

HI I HAVE SEEN ON OTHER WEBSITE PICS AND INFO ABOT A PLANT CALLED INCA LILY,AMANCAY THE MAN WHO PUT THIS ON THE WEBSITE IS IN PHOENIX BUT SAYS THIS PLANT IS IN SOUTH AMERICA OR ARGENTINA. I TRYED TO FIND IT AND ORDER IT BUT CANT FIND IT ANYWERE I LOOKED EVERYWERE HE SAYS ITS IN SEEDS. CAN YOU HELP? MARIA THANK YOU

Kevin Timney   Fri Feb 27 2009

Alstroemeria Direct Information and sales of altroemeria plants

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