Flower Focus: Alstroemeria

Known by many other names that include Peruvian Lily, Ulster Mary, Parrot Lily and Lily of the Incas, Alstroemerias are dainty and fun flowers which are available all year round. Because of this, you can easily spot them being featured in many of our hand bouquets and table flower arrangements.

While they might seem unique, Alstroemerias are more often than not, mistaken for dwarf or miniature lilies because of their trumpet like blooms. Give it a closer look and you will realize that they have distinct dark dotted markings, with a hint of yellow on the inside of their petals. Not to mention they have one other distinct physical trait, the leaves on their stems grow upside down! Their leaves twist as it leaves the stem, so that the bottom is facing upwards.

160718Due to their demand and extensive breeding, Alstroemerias are available in a wide variety of colors ranging from red and pink to orange and even blue! Although they generally symbolize devotion and friendship, different colored Alstroemerias convey slightly different messages.

Color of Alstroemeria

Specific Meaning

Red and Pink

Warmth and affection towards a friend
Orange

Work towards one’s goals

Yellow, White and Blue

Care and concern (towards someone who is under the weather)

One last fun fact about Alstroemerias before we go. Don’t let these frilly blooms fool you, they have one of the longest vase life among cut flowers. If proper care is given, they can last anywhere from 7 to 14 days!

Looking to get your hands on some Alstroemerias? We’ve got some crazy beautiful ones for you to pick and choose from here. But if you are like us and can’t quite get enough of flower and plant facts, head on over here for more interesting articles!