Some Alstroemeria species can be a little frost tender, but this can be managed by insulating the roots with mulch. However, most are easily grown in any sunny position with moderately fertile well-drained soil that can be kept moist during the flowering season.
Care should be exercised when handling cut stems, as the sap can cause skin irritations.
The genus was named by Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) to honor his close friend, Claus von Alstroemer, a Swedish baron.
From the Andes in Chile, subspecies are subsp. ligtu 50 cm tall with yellow flowers streaked with dark red. Although most Alstroemeria are summer-dormant, many of them have fleshy tubers that can be harmed or killed by complete summer dryness. If you live in a dry-summer climate, it’s probably best to keep the pots slightly moist during dormancy.
The genus was named by Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) to honor his close friend, Claus von Alstroemer, a Swedish baron, who collected seeds from the plant on a trip to South America in 1753. The plant was first described by the French botanist Louis Feuillée (1660-1732).