Sunday, June 27, 2010

Alstroemeria--Peruvian Lily

The Alstroemerias are in full bloom at the UC Botanical garden now. So pretty! It is a bit of a hike up the hill, but so worth it. I could find no sign for these bunches of flowers on the hillside, but I think they are true species. The Alstroemerias have been bred to create larger flowers with a wider color range with evergreen plants. The species are generally dormant part of the year. Okay, so this plant is native to Brazil or Chile, but it is called "Peruvian Lily?" Does that make any sense? The distinctive characteristic is that the leaves twist, so that the upside is down and the downside is up. I am going to have to look for that. I see them in many gardens around here, so they seem to grow easily. They also last a long time once cut. What a great flower!

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