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Alstroemeria Flower Pictures: Aka Peruvian Lily (Plus FAQs)

My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food.

Alstroemeria Flowers

Alstroemeria Flowers

Flower Gifts

Many people invited to a friend's home for dinner wish to take something to show their appreciation. It would seem, for time immemorial, that flowers are one choice as a perfect gift. These flower gifts seem to fit any occasion. Most everyone likes a gift of pretty flowers unless, for some reason, they are allergic to them. Flowers complement almost any décor.

My husband and I have a special friend who has brought us beautiful blooming alstroemeria flower bouquets on numerous occasions. When she found out how long they lasted and how long they graced our home with their gorgeous colors, she has sought to seek out more alstroemeria cut flowers and gift us with them several times and often in different color combinations.

Now we are starting to associate the alstroemeria flower gifts with this particular friend simply because of the frequency of her thoughtful gifts. This post will showcase some photos of those alstroemeria flower beauties, along with some pertinent information.

Peruvian Lily

There is another name for the flower called alstroemeria. In addition to Peruvian lily, it is also sometimes called a Lily of the Incas. These names would have come naturally as this perennial flowering plant is a native of South America.

Many of the plants delivered to flower shops, grocery stores, and other places that sell fresh cut flowers come from crosses between the more than one-hundred and twenty species of these flower plants coming primarily from the countries of Peru, Chile, and Brazil.

Alstroemeria video shows different colors and types.

Growing Alstroemerias

Truthfully this is one flower that I have never tried growing but might have to give it a try one of these days. It does not sound that difficult.

It naturally grows in central Chile, Peru, and eastern Brazil in opposite seasons (Chile in the winter months and Brazil in the summer). If one provides the right amount of sun or part sunlight and well-drained soil, this bulbous perennial plant could provide some gorgeous blooms in the summertime for many people.

Provide enough water and humidity, and then be prepared to harvest one's blooms for vases in the house or merely admire the plant as grown in the ground or tubs or pots on the patio.

It grows one to three feet tall and from one to two feet wide so allow plenty of room for it to spread.

Of the many hybrids, colors such as lavender, red, purple, white, yellows, oranges, apricot, and pinks are available, plus striations of colors in each blossom.

I found a couple of informative videos on how the alstroemeria flowers are grown and gathered for the cut flowers or kept dead-headed in the garden. Watch the videos and be amazed!

Prolonging Flower Blooms

So many cut flowers have a short time that they remain pretty after being arranged in a vase of water. Of course, some methods can extend the life of cut flowers, and some florists include a packet of something to be mixed with the water when hydrating the flowers. I have never seen a label as to what is in those mysterious packets, but they seem to work.

Some things to do to extend the life of cut flowers like alstroemerias (as well as other types of flowers) besides changing the water and refreshing it every couple of days are some of the following which can be added to the water if not given a packet from the florist:

  • Add a crushed aspirin tablet.
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  • A few drops of household bleach plus a teaspoon or two of sugar.
  • Believe it or not, some people use a multi-vitamin!

But the most beautiful thing about purchasing alstroemeria flowers or receiving them as gifts is that they last much longer than many other cut flowers with or without those additives added to the water.

On average, one can expect just about two weeks of vase life when having alstroemeria flowers in one's home. When first acquired, the buds are not fully open, and with the passing days, they get more beautiful as they continue to open. So, if wishing to give a more long-lasting gift, think of picking up some alstroemeria flowers the next time one is shopping for cut flowers.

Thoughtful Gift

Thanks to our friend, we have now had many different colors of alstroemeria flowers in our Houston home at various times. It was fun taking photos of these thoughtful gifts, and if you, the reader, were unfamiliar with these flower beauties, hopefully, you are now better acquainted.

Enjoy some macro-photography accompanied by music in this video.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are always welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 22, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

The nice thing about alstroemeria flowers is that they come in so many different colors and are a long-lasting cut flower as well. Thanks for the shares.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 21, 2018:

Just posted this article to my "Purple 9" board on Pinterest. Also posted on FB. Love the gorgeous photos you have here!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

Most grocery stores (at least in our area) sell alstroemeria cut flowers and they are fairly inexpensive compared to many other types of flowers. I have had a wide variety of them from which to take photos over time. Glad you enjoyed this. Taking photos is fun and like they say "practice makes perfect." I am still practicing! (Smile)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 09, 2018:

Great photos and what a lovely subject....taking really eye-catching photos is an art for sure. For me it is an ongoing that I enjoy so much. Once again Angels are on the way to you and yours. ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 13, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

I also do that...if not every day, then at least every other day. She also wrote a book titled I hate to cook if I remember correctly. Thanks for the votes and tweet.

justmesuzanne from Texas on June 12, 2013:

Those are beautiful and very photogenic! Way back in the early 1970s I read Peg Bracken's "I Hate To Housekeep" book. In it she recommends trimming the stems and changing the water in your cut flowers every day. I've been doing it that way ever since, and I have to say it's an excellent way to keep your flowers fresh! :)

Voted up, interesting and tweeted! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

So glad that you like this alstroemeria flower hub. They truly are beautiful and long lasting flowers. Thanks for the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 26, 2013:

This is one of my favorite of your hubs because of the gorgeous photos and videos. Just love this hub! Sharing again . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 03, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

I agree that the Alstromeria flowers can be called eye candy. They surely are pretty! Thanks for your comment.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 03, 2013:

What pretty flowers. Eye candy. Thanks, Peggy W!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2013:

Hello FlourishAnyway,

Glad that I could introduce you to the beautiful alstroemeria flowers by way of photos and information about them. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2013:

Hi joanveronica,

It must be lovely to see alstroemeria flowers growing wild in Chile. Glad that they have become a florist's favorite and they are cultivated for that reason also. Yes...they certainly are lovely! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

So happy to know that you enjoyed this hub regarding the pretty and long lasting alstroemeria flowers. Appreciate your comment, votes & the share. Gave me a chance to update the hub. Sounds like you have long days if you routinely get up at 4:30AM.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 09, 2013:

Stunning photos! I wasn't familiar with them until reading your hub.

Joan Veronica Robertson from Concepcion, Chile on April 09, 2013:

Hi, this Hub made my day! I don't know how I missed it! And yes, these lovely flowers grow all over in Chile where I live, they are amazing. Some years ago they were not really considered "elegant" as they grow wild in the countryside, but now they are cultivated and sold at florists in elegant arrangements. Aren't they lovely? I'm so glad they have become known in your part of the world! Have a good day and enjoy your flowers!

C E Clark from North Texas on April 08, 2013:

These photos are absolutely gorgeous! Loved reading about these flowers and really enjoyed relaxing and looking at the photos and watching the videos. Even though it's early (7:30 PM CST) it's bedtime for me because I have to get up at 4:30 AM for work in the morning. I did want to check out one of your hubs first though, and this was a fantastic choice. Voted up, BAUI, and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2013:

Hello ianiott,

The Alstroemeria flowers are really pretty. We are alike in that we both like flowers and love nature. Thanks for your comment.

Ian iott from Ohio on March 12, 2013:

Beautiful hub and beautiful flowers i love it.I love nature :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 27, 2013:

Hi shea duane,

Thanks for your comment regarding the information about the Alstroemeria flowers and also the compliment on the photos. Appreciate it. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 27, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the colorful and beautiful alstroemeria flowers. I think that they are popular because of how long they last in a cut flower arrangement among other things. Thanks for the vote & share.

shea duane from new jersey on February 26, 2013:

wow, great info and beautiful photos!

moonlake from America on February 26, 2013:

Beautiful flowers. I don't grow them but have seen them in cut flower bouquets in our flower shop. They are so pretty. Enjoyed your hub voted up and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 27, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

So glad that you liked these alstromeria flower photos. I do have some fun with my camera! :)) Thanks for your comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 26, 2013:


your photography skill is amazing. You have captured intricate details of flowers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 26, 2012:

Hi rajan jolly,

So happy to be able to introduce you to the Alstroemeria flowers. They are a long lasting cut flower and therefore can be enjoyed for some time as a bouquet in one's home. They also come in a variety of colors as you can see from these photos. Thanks for your votes.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 26, 2012:

Peggy, these pics are beautiful. I had no idea of Alstromeria at all so I find this flower to be really attractive with the striations on the petals.

Voted up and beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2012:

Hello Uragood hubber,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed the photos of these alstroemeria flowers. They certainly make for beautiful bouquets! Thanks for your comment.

Uragood hubber on March 07, 2012:

I love your photographs. Those flowers are beautiful!!!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 29, 2011:

Hi SanneL,

Nice to see you here visiting this hub about the alstroemeria flowers. They are a bright spot of color no matter what the day outside is like.

It is sunny and will be around 68 degrees Fahrenheit today in Houston. Think that I will do a little raking up of acorns in the yard. The oak trees have been shedding them in abundance this year!

Thanks for your comment and votes.

SanneL from Sweden on December 29, 2011:

Peggy -- Such a beautiful and colorful hub!

Your photos of the alstroemeria flowers are just exquisite.

Thank you for bringing some illumination to my very dark and cold winter day.

Rated up and pressed all the appropriate buttons.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2011:

Hi Ivona,

So glad to hear that you enjoyed the hub and photos of these alstroemeria flowers. Thanks for your comment.

Ivona Poyntz from UK on November 30, 2011:

I love your flowers: very informative hub

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 09, 2011:

Hi Judi,

Oh if only we had the size yard that we did while living in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin...a full half acre...I would surely try growing the alstroemeria flowers. Sadly, we do not have much space where we now live that is not already taken up with mostly perennial garden plantings. There are many things I would like to try growing if we had more space. So...if you have the first! :))

Judi O from Texas on November 09, 2011:

Beautiful flowers. Thanks for the information. I, too, may try my hand at growing them someday. However, you first!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2011:

Hello sligobay,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment on this hub about the alstroemeria flowers. Glad that you liked it.

sligobay from east of the equator on November 06, 2011:

Beautiful flowers and Hub. Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2011:

Hi Om,

I agree. The alstroemeria flowers almost have an orchid-like shape to them. They are charming and long lasting. Thanks for your comment.

Om Paramapoonya on November 05, 2011:

Gorgeous! The alstroemeria flowers are uniquely charming. I really love this photo collection. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2011:

Hi Jimmy,

Beautiful works for me. Thanks! Glad that you liked this alstroemeria hub.

Jimmy the jock from Scotland on November 05, 2011:

All I can say Is Beautiful thankyou.....jimmy

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2011:

Hi marcoujor,

I agree. Having fresh flowers in the house is so nice. I am still cutting roses from our garden. Even a single stem is nice! Glad that you liked this hub. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2011:

Hi Hanna,

Yes, the alstroemeria flowers come in all kinds of color variations. Thanks for your comment.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 05, 2011:

Dear Peggy,

I LOVE fresh flowers in the house at all times and actually the alstroemeria is one of our favorites, frugal that we are! They are so gorgeous and rather inexpensive, right in the grocery store-- great for these transitional months as our roses are starting to fade. {I'll have to see why hubby doesn't try to grow as I think he would...}

I am definitely bookmarking as the YouTube relaxed me instantly with the mesmirizing upclose views and gorgeous music-- a million thanks for this visual feast!

Voted UP & UABI, mar.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 05, 2011:

I never knew there is such big variety. Brilliant hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2011:

Hi Lisa,

With the help of the florist, you chose well because as you learned, the alstroemeria flowers do hold up so well. It sounds like your daughter's engagement part was a beautiful affair. Thanks for your comment.

Lisa HW from Massachusetts on November 05, 2011:

Peggy W, this Hub has a kind of "indirect sentimental meaning" to me because this is the flower I used to decorate my daughter's engagement party, and it was perfect. I chose it because circumstances/dates required a flower that would last. I wanted something that was "young, light, and airy" and not too formal but also elegant. I put bunches of them (pale cream with just a hint of pale pink) in simple glass vases on each table, as well as placing a couple of larger bunches around the room. The look for the dressy-but-not-formal party was really pretty and elegant. And, the flowers were easily affordable (after all, it was "only" an engagement party, not the wedding).

The future-bride,the groom's mom, grandmother and sister; bride's aunts, best friend, and a cousin the bride is especially close to were each sent home with their own flowers which would last long after the party was over. The look, "mood", and last-ability of these flowers just made the whole engagement party "experience" really nice.

(It was a florist who has been in our area for decades who recommended this particular flower because of how long it holds up. Also, I'd asked for a suggestion of a flower with a certain kind of "straight, simple, but not-too-thin" stem because of the glass vases I was using and the look I wanted showing through them.)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2011:

Hi Movie Master,

Let me know if you have luck growing the alstroemeria flowers in your garden. Wouldn't it be nice to just pull some up when needed to keep fresh flowers in the house or give away as gifts knowing that you would also be helping the plant produce more? Sounds great! Thanks for your comment.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on November 04, 2011:

Hi Peggy, this is such a beautiful flower, I must try growing them in the garden next year.

The photos are fabulous, thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2011:

Hi Charles,

Appreciate your visit and comment on this alstroemeria hub. Thanks!

charles criner on November 04, 2011:

Very nice and informative as always.........Charles.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2011:

Hi Genna,

I am glad that I took these photos and saved them. Now every reader of this hub can see some of the beauty of these alstroemeria flowers. Good morning to you and thanks for your comment.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 04, 2011:

Your photos of the Alstroemeria flowers burst through the screen with a beautiful and warm “good morning!” What wonderful colors. Two weeks a vase life is not bad, and I thank you, Peggy, for the tips on extended these extraordinary blooms. Excellent hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

You are the beautiful person that has graced our home with not only your presence but these gorgeous alstroemeria flowers. So glad that you liked this hub. Thanks for being you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2011:

Hello Izlpio90,

It is fun taking pictures of flowers and these alstroemerias were most obliging. :)) Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2011:

Hi Prasetio,

Thanks so very much for your comment on this alstroemeria flower hub. It is a high honor that you bestow and I am grateful. :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2011:

Hi mary615,

Many of these bouquets are sold in grocery stores as well as flower shops in the Houston area and probably elsewhere. Most of them in this country are probably imported from South America where they grow naturally. Thanks for your comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on November 03, 2011:

Amazing. I am in awe. A very beautiful and lovely hub. Our friendship is long lasting like the Alstroemeria. You have captured the beauty of this long lasting flower. Thanks for your warm words and recognition. Beautiful hub.

lzlpio90 on November 03, 2011:

what a lovely photos!!! i do also love to take pictures of flowers! Beautiful and interesting!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 03, 2011:

"Say it with flower", this is the best words to describe how beautiful this hub. Peggy, you have done a great job and you have good presentation between pictures. Everything seems so perfect in your hand. I love this hub so much, even I can't blink my eyes just for a while. I'll press all buttons, except funny. TOP RATED UP for Peggy!

Love and peace, Prasetio

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 03, 2011:

I'm not at all familiar with these flowers. They look like we call the common lily. We don't grow these in S. Fl. probably too hot here for them. I'm a flower lover, and I enjoyed looking at your photography; very nice!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2011:

Hello NMLady,

Glad that you enjoyed this hub. We have surely enjoyed the many bouquets of alstroemeria flowers over a course of time! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2011:

Hello craftdrawer,

Thanks for being the first to comment on this hub about alstroemeria flowers. Glad that you liked the photos.

NMLady from New Mexico & Arizona on November 03, 2011:

Very pretty. Thanks for the info.

craftdrawer on November 03, 2011:

Very informative! Beautiful photos!!!

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