Plant of the Month
Photos: Rachel Cobb and Sally Sandler
Common Name: Casablanca Alstroemeria or Peruvian Lily
Origin: South American hybrids
Features/Uses: The striking, white flowers are delicately colored with maroon markings on a yellow blush. There are several flushes of bloom throughout the year. Alstroemerias or Peruvian lilies are wonderful, long-lasting cut flowers. Another asset of the Casablanca variety is that it does not reseed like older varieties. Alstroemerias are somewhat drought tolerant, although they bloom better with more water. Their exotic beauty combines well in gardens with other flowering perennials and annuals. Alstroemerias can easily be dug up, divided, and propagated.
Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial 30-40”” tall, mounding clumps slowly spread in size. The flowers are produced at the ends of tall, leafy stalks.
Bloom Time: Several times throughout the year
Cultural Requirements: Well-drained soils in warm, sunny sites, although they tolerate light shade. Alstroemerias tolerate freezes, although they die back to the ground after a hard freeze.
Where at SDBG: Larabee House