I saw a beautiful plant today. It looked like a bush. There was no information on it. The seller [Lowes] knew nothing about it. The name was "Alstroemeria" I didn't buy it because I needed to know more about it. Can anyone give me any info? It was white.
It's a spring and summer blooming flower that grows from bulbs. It's hardy in zones 8-11, but beautiful in containers in colder zones. Keep soil moist, but provide good drainage. Commonly called Peruvian Lily, the bulbs can be lifted and stored in a moist medium over the winter. Replant after frost date in a sunny area. Protect from late afternoon sun during hot weather. Peruvian lilies are nice in floral arrangements, too.
Here a picture of what I believe is an alstroemeria. http://patrickmcnally.zenfolio.com/hawaii-maui-12#h16d5c373 This plant was growing out of doors in an upland area of Maui in Hawaii. Is it true that there is no bush form of this plant? A bush with flowers this spectacular would be truely remarkable. Thanks,
Actually, there is an Alstroemeria hybrid that is called Alstroemeria bush...they grow 3 to 5 feet tall according to USDA. Seems there are a variety of colors available and a web search brings up lists of Patent numbers for them...they have names like 'Stayeli' and 'Staloren'
I imagine the OP meant the plant had a bushy form, rather than that it was a bush, i.e. having woody stems. I assume the Alstroemeria hybrids you refer to, themoonhowl, also have full, leafy form ("bush-like"), rather than woody stems?
I am sure that is the case, Alta, but the plant is being sold under the name "Alstroemeria Bush" and that is the accepted patent name. I think it all has to do with the size of the plant which according to the patent info, gets 3 to 5 feet tall...rather than having woody stems. I know there are A ligtu hybrids that get huge, and from what I can see, all the patents are dated from 1987 through 1991...
There don't seem to be too many pics of those cultivars out there--here's the only one I found. http://www.kandgflowers.com/products/index/page/24/cat/P Looks like each stem can have multiple flowers on the end (vs one flower per stem) but I wouldn't call it a bush--I think when they talk about the branching they just mean how you can get more than one flower per stem but it would still be an herbaceous plant not woody.
I bet Lowes received a batch of mis-labelled plants. I'm sure some of you have walked into a box store and said to yourself, "What!" to a completely mislabelled plant ie. a conifer labelled annual or something. Then again, the Alstroemerias I photographed in Seattle last year were all almost 4'. I'd imagine in a wide patio planter with several plants they'd look like a bush.
Lynda_45, if you have a moment, grab a picture of the plant with your cell phone.