By an edhat reader
I have been trying to identify this pretty flower. Any ideas?
Yes, these are alstromeria, a beautiful perennial that grows from a tuber. Originally from South America, they've now become widely naturalized. The cut blooms are long-lasting, up to two weeks. Outdoors, it needs at least 6 hours of sunlight/day, regular water + well-drained soil.
Another common name is Peruvian Lily.
Common name - Peruvian Lily
I have them in my yard. They come in a variety of colors. My Sunset Western Garden Book lists orange, yellow, shades of pink, rose, red, lilac, white, and purple. There are different varieties, with stems ranging from 2-5' tall.
I've seen these in the wild in the Atacama. Really great bloomers in a wide range of colors including white.
They will naturalize in your yard, flowering in abundance in summer and going dormant in fall. If you pull the spent stalk out at its base, giving it a gentle tug, this promotes more flowering. Use this method to gather flowers for a vase as well. Stalks are either sterile or flowering, and you can tell pretty early which is which. They are considered invasive in some parts of the country, but I love them and they're welcome in my garden.
Alstromeria. In the lily family. DEADLY to cats!!! Be careful bringing any lilies into the house if you have cats!