Alstroemeria, the Friendship Flower

Other Common Names: Peruvian lily, Parrot Flower, Parrot Lily, Lily of the Incas, and in New Zealand “Christmas Bell.”

Appearance: Alstroemerias consists of many delicate, lily-like blooms in shades of pink, salmon, orange, red, yellow, purple, lavender and white, along with distinctive, dark flecks or markings on the petals.


Symbolizes wealth, prosperity and fortune. It is also known as the friendship flower.


Like the name suggest, the Peruvian Lily is native to South America. The genus name Alstroemeria was named after Swedish botanist Baron Klas von Alstroemer who collected seeds on a trip to Spain in 1753, including seeds of this South American flower.

Peru, Brazil and Chile were the first growers. However, the breeders in the UK and Holland were the ones who developed the huge range of hybrid varieties, all with quite different colors and markings.  In the cut flower industry, alstoemerias are typically imported from Colombia and Ecuador, where they are grown mainly in the cool mountainous regions in the Andes.


  • If buds are too tight, put stems in deep, warm water to encourage the buds to open.
  • When the blooms appear limp or wilted, a drink of fresh flower food will help hydrate them and plump them up.
  • The bottom leaves tend to turn yellow and wilt, but the flower is still fresh. Just remove the leaves  before using.
  • Alstroemeria flowers have no fragrance, which make them perfect for those people with pollen allergies!
  • Alstroemeria flowers are long lasting as cut flowers; they have a vase life of about two weeks with the proper care.
  • Don’t forget to use the flower food to keep the flowers fresher longer!


Alstroemeria can be used for any type of floral arrangement:

  • Use with elegant flowers  like roses and calla lilies or for a more casual arrangement, mix with pompons, mini carnations or carnations.
  • Place in a clear vase with a large tapestry bow to show off colors and vibrancy.
  • Use in an arrangement with German Statice and miniature poms to create a Victorian look.
  • A monochromatic color harmony theme is stunning.  It could be the designed in a shallow dish vase, showcasing the long stems of the Alstroemeria.
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