Hardiness: USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Pale Pink Pink Rose/Mauve Red Scarlet (Dark Red) Green Maroon (Purple-Brown) Cream/Tan
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage: Herbaceous Smooth-Textured
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater May be a noxious weed or invasive
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Jun 4, 2012, queengg from Friendswood, TX wrote:
Planted one in container last year and it never came back. Emptied pot and found roots all rotted. Love this plant and havent been able to find it anywhere. Live near houston, tx. Can anyone help? Dont know why it did this.
On Sep 13, 2009, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:
It took awhile for the plant to get established in my new home. In my last home, a clay based rich soil well worked with humus, it grew from shallow tubers and did well, but was not hugely invassive at all. In my new home they are under a live Oak in leaf mulch on limestone rubble. They do not get waterered at all. They grow and bloom in the Spring and then disappear. Their tubers have migrated deep into the soil looking for moisture. It is a bit dry for them but they still come back and give me and the hummers spring time enjoyment and then I top dress them with compost and they go to bed.
I've had this one for several years. It's tough, but hasn't been invasive (Z7). After reading the comments, though, I think I'll be careful where I move it too. I love the foliage and the flowers, which make great cut flowers.
On May 26, 2009, frogtog from Mobile, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Mine are growing pretty much contained in one area, so far.These plants are selling for $17 and up for one (1) tuber!!
I was told they came from South America originally.
I rather like the look of them and intend to take some from my yard and put in containers.
We have been fighting this plant for over 30 years. It had a base start when we moved here and was pretty so we left it. BIG mistake. It takes over and digging it up, using weed killer proves to be useless. Here along the Texas coast it seems to thrive and nothing kills it including drought.
On Jun 18, 2007, Opallustre from Huntington, WV wrote:
I have had this plant since about the first of May. It is in a pot and has bloomed consistently since then. I came on this site to research and find out how it will do over the Winter here in zone 6. I am going to take half of it indoors and plant half of it in the garden and will update whether it returns next Spring.
On Jul 6, 2006, murphyboy from Granbury, TX wrote:
looking for a parrot flower. i live in texas and cannot find one.
i need help.any one with info on this item please contact me
thru this site. will be looking for ur message.also need to know about planting it . well, just all info i can get.i am not talking about the lily.....thank u
On Jun 17, 2006, Dee0987 from Woodstock, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
This plant was given to me many years ago from a garden in southern Louisiana. Here in zone 7 it dies back every winter but has returned consistently. Does very well in partial shade, and since it is nipped back by cold, it's not invasive at all for me. It has reproduced just enough to share with others. It prefers moist conditions. During droughts it has disappeared. I love it's unusual coloring and the cut flowers are very long lasting. Grows to 3 feet. Looks great next to my blue hydrangea and different colored heucheras. A rare tall redhead in the shade!
On May 4, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant blooms dependably in my garden in NE Florida (borderline Zone 8b/9a) in late May and remains in flower for a few weeks thereafter. It does SPREAD easily. I have seen a few spots where it has escaped into the wild, but it does not seem to have become invasive. As previously noted here, it seems to do best in dappled, partial shade. The leaves remain evergreen through the winter with no indication of frost nor freeze damage. I have so far confined it to two areas in my garden without it being a problem. I enjoy the bright green/subdued red color combination in the trumpet shaped flowers.
On Sep 10, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
San Antonio, TX
In my zone, I have found that the Peruvian lily does not prosper in all day full sun. Last year, I planted them in large containers that I had to move around to find the spot that they liked. Mine have thrived in filtered shade under an oak tree where they receive brief full sunlight in the morniing and as the sun starts setting. They were not doing well this year because I had placed large plant specimens to the east and west that were blocking the full sunlight periods. I moved the large specimens, then the Peruvian lilies greened up and started to bloom. Some (planted in containers) are placed in a flowerbed that receives morning sun and afternoon filtered shade. They have not been invasive because they are container grown and I deadhead the plants so they are unable to spread by seeds. I have had to stake some plants when they start to bloom. The roots (tubers) are very brittle so when dividing clumps in spring or autumn do so carefully. In fact, dividing the clumps is not recommended. Note also that it is normal for some foliage to turn yellow.
Note: This plant has naturalized in Louisiana and Mississippi.
On Jun 24, 2003, Larkie from Camilla, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I am in zone 8, and this plant is extremely invasive..It spreads by tubers and seeds..Although I love it, and leave lots of it growing, I have to use Roundup to try and control it in areas where I don't want it to grow.
This plant GROWS. The parrot plant has a shallow tuber root system (looking like long peanuts), and it will spread. It will grow almost anywhere, and is a very good shade plant. It loves to be thined occasionally, and is good in pots as well as earth. I use it often in flower arrangments as the green leaves go with most flowers and will last about 2 weeks in a vase. The flowering part of the plant is seperate from its follage. It will be a long 1-3 foot stem with a cluster of 3-7 flowers. The folage is shorter than the flowers, from 6 inches to 1 1/2 feet. When the leaves turn yellow, go on and pick them, as this will encourage new growth. When you pick them, yank them, don't cut them, as this will seperate the old flower/greenery from the root itself.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Gadsden, Alabama Mobile, Alabama Montrose, Arkansas Chula Vista, California Fremont, California La Verne, California (2 reports) San Francisco, California Bartow, Florida Cottondale, Florida Gainesville, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Panama City Beach, Florida Parrish, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Tampa, Florida Wewahitchka, Florida Bastrop, Louisiana Baton Rouge, Louisiana Bossier City, Louisiana Brownsville-bawcomville, Louisiana Coushatta, Louisiana Estelle, Louisiana Franklinton, Louisiana French Settlement, Louisiana Hammond, Louisiana Independence, Louisiana Old Jefferson, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana (2 reports) Learned, Mississippi Elizabeth City, North Carolina Kure Beach, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina East Norriton, Pennsylvania Knoxville, Tennessee Beaumont, Texas Desoto, Texas Dripping Springs, Texas Friendswood, Texas Hemphill, Texas Lumberton, Texas Porter Heights, Texas San Antonio, Texas (2 reports) Santa Fe, Texas Cascade-fairwood, Washington Kalama, Washington