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Jacksonville, NC(Zone 8b)

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.

Sidney, OH(Zone 6a)

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.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

Some Alstroemeria are hardy to z5b/6a - depends on the cultivar.

Hoolehua, HI(Zone 14)

Here a picture of what I believe is an alstroemeria. 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,

Patrick McNally of Molokai

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

Yes, that's an Alstroemeria, and no there's no bush form. There are some varieties that are taller than others but no bushes.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

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'

Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

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?

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

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....

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

There don't seem to be too many pics of those cultivars out there--here's the only one I found. 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.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Agreed....not a woody stemmed plant, the name refers to size and shape of the overall plant. Seems more appropriate to call it a "bushy form" Alstroemeria.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)

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.

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