Alstroemeria or the Inca Lily

Native to Chile, this beautiful wildflower is known mostly as a lovely addition to a florist’s arrangement though it has become naturalized in some parts of the US. It is extremely difficult to grow from seed but readily propagates from tubers.

Image of Alstroemeria exerens (Alstroemeria). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Here is a patch growing in the woods on my farm, Fundo La Campanilla.



This flower is a member of the Lily family hence the long leaves with parallel veins (monocot) but on the alstroemeria the leaves are twisted so the underside faces up. It has 3 petals on the inside with markings and 3 sepals on the outside which are solid color- called collectively tepals. I have only seen orange flowers growing on the roadsides here but they also come in many different colors like red, purple, green, and white. Notice the 6 long stamen with pollen.

According to Wikipedia these in Chile are winter growing and those of Brazil are summer growing. Though this picture was taken in January in the height of summer.

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